What is it about?

CodePlus is a computer science outreach programme run to encourage teenage girls' interest in computing careers and college pathways. Findings from a large sample size (n=856) show statistically significant changes in key attitudinal and intentional variables concerning girls’ interest in studying computer science and related courses.

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The provision of all-female computer science outreach programmes is a common strategy used to foster greater interest in the subject for high school aged girls. Nonetheless, there is criticism from a research perspective concerning how programmes evaluate their efficacy, and how the role of pedagogy is under-explored. This article aims to contribute to this area by reporting on a social constructivist pedagogical model for all-female CS outreach activities, evaluated with a structured research approach.

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It has been a privilege to manage this programme over the past five years, working with over a thousand girls to encourage greater interest in computer science. This article cements the objectives of the programme by presenting the findings from a structured research approach.

Grace Lawlor
University of Dublin Trinity College

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This page is a summary of: “CodePlus”—Measuring Short-Term Efficacy in a Non-Formal, All-Female CS Outreach Programme, ACM Transactions on Computing Education, November 2020, ACM (Association for Computing Machinery), DOI: 10.1145/3411510.
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