The csedresearch.org site was initially created through the support of an NSF grant to enable the advancement of K-12 computer science education research. Our mission is:

To enable the advancement of primary and secondary
computer science education research
by meeting the needs of
researchers, evaluators, stakeholders, and teachers (REST)
through the provision of meaningful resources and tools

Our goals for this project include:

  • To provide CS education research resources and tools that meet the current needs of REST
  • To envision and advance CS education research based on current and upcoming tech innovations
  • To provide leadership to bring about cultural change to CS education research

Our outcomes include the following:

  • An increase in the quality of research  An increase in the quantity of research  
  • An increase in the types of best practices based on the most recent data for any given population in any part of the country/world    
  • A movement towards the end to the replication crisis in CS education research

This project started in late 2016 and has been designed with input and continual feedback from many people in the computing education community.

The project currently has three pillars, evaluation instruments, article summaries, and research guides.

Evaluation Instruments

We house a full set of evaluation instruments that either have been used in computing education or may be of interest to the computing education community. The focus areas of these instruments are Computing, STEM, or General. Instruments in computing include those measuring cognitive abilities (knowledge and skills) and those measuring noncognitive factors (e.g. self-efficacy, grit, attitudes, etc.). For more information, visit the Evaluation Instruments Overview page.

Article Summaries

We have manually curated over 40 variables related to articles, including student demographic information, teacher demographic information, and information related to the curriculum/program delivered. For more information, visit the Article Summaries Overview page.

Research Guides

We provide a set of research guides that can be used when planning, implementing, and reporting on research studies. These can also be used to review articles for publication as well. We expect this set of guides to grow over the next few years.