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ACM Transactions on Computing Education (TOCE), Volume 11 Issue 3, October 2011

Special Issue on Broadening Participation in Computing Education (Part 2)
Richard Ladner, Tammy VanDeGrift
Article No.: 13
DOI: 10.1145/2037276.2037277

This special issue includes the second 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...

Orientation of Undergraduates Toward Careers in the Computer and Information Sciences: Gender, Self-Efficacy and Social Support
Mary Beth Rosson, John M. Carroll, Hansa Sinha
Article No.: 14
DOI: 10.1145/2037276.2037278

Researchers have been working to understand the factors that may be contributing to low rates of participation by women and other minorities in the computer and information sciences (CIS). We describe a multivariate investigation of male and...

Berkeley Foundation for Opportunities in Information Technology: A Decade of Broadening Participation
Orpheus S. L. Crutchfield, Christopher D. Harrison, Guy Haas, Daniel D. Garcia, Sheila M. Humphreys, Colleen M. Lewis, Peter Khooshabeh
Article No.: 15
DOI: 10.1145/2037276.2037279

The Berkeley Foundation for Opportunities in Information Technology is a decade-old endeavor to expose pre-college young women and underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities to the fields of computer science and engineering, and prepare them...

The Computing Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Supporting Hispanics at Critical Transition Points
Ann Quiroz Gates, Sarah Hug, Heather Thiry, Richard Aló, Mohsen Beheshti, John Fernandez, Nestor Rodriguez, Malek Adjouadi
Article No.: 16
DOI: 10.1145/2037276.2037280

Hispanics have the highest growth rates among all groups in the U.S., yet they remain considerably underrepresented in computing careers and in the numbers who obtain advanced degrees. Hispanics constituted about 7% of undergraduate...

Fractal Simulations of African Design in Pre-College Computing Education
Ron Eglash, Mukkai Krishnamoorthy, Jason Sanchez, Andrew Woodbridge
Article No.: 17
DOI: 10.1145/2037276.2037281

This article describes the use of fractal simulations of African design in a high school computing class. Fractal patterns---repetitions of shape at multiple scales---are a common feature in many aspects of African design. In African architecture...

The STARS Alliance: Viable Strategies for Broadening Participation in Computing
Teresa Dahlberg, Tiffany Barnes, Kim Buch, Audrey Rorrer
Article No.: 18
DOI: 10.1145/2037276.2037282

The Students and Technology in Academia, Research, and Service (STARS) Alliance is a nationally-connected system of regional partnerships among higher education, K-12 schools, industry and the community with a mission to broaden the participation...

Universal Design: Implications for Computing Education
Sheryl Burgstahler
Article No.: 19
DOI: 10.1145/2037276.2037283

Universal design (UD), a concept that grew from the field of architecture, has recently emerged as a paradigm for designing instructional methods, curriculum, and assessments that are welcoming and accessible to students with a wide range of...

The Use of Robotics to Promote Computing to Pre-College Students with Visual Impairments
Stephanie Ludi, Tom Reichlmayr
Article No.: 20
DOI: 10.1145/2037276.2037284

This article describes an outreach program to broaden participation in computing to include more students with visual impairments. The precollege workshops target students in grades 7--12 and engage students with robotics programming. The use of...