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ACM Transactions on Computing Education (TOCE), Volume 11 Issue 2, July 2011

Introduction to Special Issue (Part 1): Broadening Participation in Computing Education
Richard Ladner, Tammy VanDeGrift
Article No.: 6
DOI: 10.1145/1993069.1993070

This special issue includes the first set of articles addressing broadening participation in computing education. The articles span the stages of the pipeline, from introducing middle school children to computer science to retaining...

INSPIRED High School Computing Academies
Peggy Doerschuk, Jiangjiang Liu, Judith Mann
Article No.: 7
DOI: 10.1145/1993069.1993071

If we are to attract more women and minorities to computing we must engage students at an early age. As part of its mission to increase participation of women and underrepresented minorities in computing, the Increasing Student Participation in...

Engaging Women in Computer Science and Engineering: Promising Practices for Promoting Gender Equity in Undergraduate Research Experiences
Karen A. Kim, Amy J. Fann, Kimberly O. Misa-Escalante
Article No.: 8
DOI: 10.1145/1993069.1993072

Building on research that identifies and addresses issues of women’s underrepresentation in computing, this article describes promising practices in undergraduate research experiences that promote women’s long-term interest in computer...

Computational Thinking and Expository Writing in the Middle School
Ursula Wolz, Meredith Stone, Kim Pearson, Sarah Monisha Pulimood, Mary Switzer
Article No.: 9
DOI: 10.1145/1993069.1993073

To broaden participation in computing we need to look beyond traditional domains of inquiry and expertise. We present results from a demonstration project in which interactive journalism was used to infuse computational thinking into the standard...

Why Latino High School Students Select Computer Science as a Major: Analysis of a Success Story
Thomas G. Zimmerman, David Johnson, Cynthia Wambsgans, Antonio Fuentes
Article No.: 10
DOI: 10.1145/1993069.1993074

This article reports on a public school that is succeeding in encouraging Latino high school students to select Computer Science (CS) as a major. The students attend a charter high school designed to encourage low-income Latino students to attend...

The Role of Majority Groups in Diversity Programs
Penny Rheingans, Anne Brodsky, Jill Scheibler, Anne Spence
Article No.: 11
DOI: 10.1145/1993069.1993075

The underrepresentation of women in technical fields is a widely acknowledged national problem, limiting both the raw size of the talent pool and the diversity of experiences and perspectives of those who will design solutions to key problems...

Exploring Computer Science: A Case Study of School Reform
Joanna Goode, Jane Margolis
Article No.: 12
DOI: 10.1145/1993069.1993076

This article will detail efforts to broaden participation in computing in urban schools through a comprehensive reform effort of curricular development, teacher professional development, and policy changes. Beginning with an account of the...