Are you interested in learning more about recent research in CS education and how it might be useful to your classrooms? Join the CS Education Reading Group!

The CS Education Reading Group is a weekly reading group for those who would like to learn more about ongoing research in CS education and discuss it in the context of your own experiences and unique classroom settings. Led by volunteer, Dr. Emily Thomforde, these facilitated discussions bridge the known gap between research findings and classroom practices and provide a place for teachers to reflect on their own experience.

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The reading group meets twice a week:

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All are welcome, including latecomers and those anywhere in the world. Reading the paper ahead of time is suggested, but not required. No commitment is necessary, just join when you can.

This Week

Week 190: June 28, 2022 A Framework for Designing Contextualized Computing Curriculum


Week 191: July 5, 2022 Traversing the Gaps: An Afrofuturist Approach to Social Change Through Dreaming in Science Fiction and STEM/Computer Science Education 

Week 192: July 12, 2022 Exploring Design Choices to Support Novices’ Example Use During Creative Open-Ended Programming  ** Our four-year anniversary!

Week 193: July 19, 2022 Action Fractions: The Design and Pilot of an Integrated Math+CS Elementary Curriculum Based on Learning Trajectories 

Week 194: July 26, 2022 “A Key to Reducing Inequities in Like, AI, is by Reducing Inequities Everywhere First”: Emerging Critical Consciousness in a Co-Constructed Secondary CS Classroom 

Week 195: August 2, 2022 Ethnocomputing with Electronic Textiles: Culturally Responsive Open Design to Broaden Participation in Computing in American Indian Youth and Communities


Week Date Link
189 June 21, 2022 Detecting Struggling Students from Interactive Ebook Data: A Case Study Using CSAwesome
188 June 14, 2022 Two-Computer Pair Programming: Exploring a Feedback Intervention to improve Collaborative Talk in Elementary Students
187 June 7, 2022 What Makes a “Computer Science Person”? Minoritized Students’ Sense of Identity in APCSP Classrooms
186 May 31, 2022 Integrating Computing through Task-Specific Programming for Disciplinary Relevance: Considerations and Examples
185 May 24, 2022 Practical programming in computing education
184 May 17, 2022 Student Experience in a Student-Centered Peer Instruction Classroom
183 May 10, 2022 The Role of Translanguaging in Computational Literacies
182 May 3, 2022 Breaking the Code: Confronting Racism in Computer Science through Community, Criticality, and Citizenship
181 Apr 26, 2022 English Language Learners in Computer Science Education: A Scoping Review
180 Apr 19, 2022 Report of the Spanish Computing Scientific Society on Computing Education in Pre-University Stages and Is computer science really disappearing from Baccalaureate? (In Spanish)
179 Apr 12, 2022 Unplugged Computing and Semantic Waves: Analysing Crazy Characters
178 Apr 5, 2022 How a computer scientist fights bias in algorithms (NPR interview + comic)
177 Mar 29, 2022 Applying the CAPE framework to measure equity and inform policy in computer science education PDF
176 Mar 22, 2022 A Tale of Two CTs (and a Revised Timeline for Computational Thinking)
175 Mar 15, 2022 Culturally Relevant CS Pedagogy- Theory and Practice
174 Mar 8, 2022 Coding in Primary Grades Boosts Children’s Executive Functions
173 Mar 1, 2022 Conceptualizing AI literacy: An exploratory review
172 Feb 22, 2022 Defining and Designing Computer Science Education in a K12 Public School District 
171 Feb 15, 2022 Teaching computer programming with PRIMM: a sociocultural perspective 
170 Feb 8, 2022 Counter-hegemonic Computing: Toward Computer Science Education for Value Generation and Emancipation
169 Feb 1, 2022 Finding time for computer science in the elementary school day: a quasi- experimental study of a transdisciplinary problem-based learning approach
168 Jan 25, 2022 Concepts before coding: non-programming interactives to advance learning of introductory programming concepts in middle school
167 Jan 18, 2022 To What Extent Are Students With Disabilities Included in K-12 Computer Science Education?
166 Jan 11, 2022 Project MoveSMART: Integrating Physical Activity and Computer Science Learning in Elementary School Classrooms
165 Jan 4, 2022 2021 State of Computer Science Education: Accelerating Action Through Advocacy



164 Dec 21, 2021 Machine learning for human learners: opportunities, issues, tensions and threats
163 Dec 14, 2021  Code Comprehension Strategies (Blog post by Phil Bagge)
162 Dec 7, 2021 Preparing School Leaders to Advance Equity in Computer Science Education
161 Nov 30, 2021  Physical Computing for Children: Shifting the Pendulum Back to Papertian Ideals
160 Nov 23, 2021 The Future of Problem Solving with Data and Intelligence: Increasing Artificial Intelligence and Data Science Education Across the US
159 Nov 16, 2021 We Tell These Stories to Survive: Towards Abolition in Computer Science Education
158 Nov 9, 2021 The Big Book of Computing Pedagogy (Chapter: “Challenge Misconceptions” pp102-113)
157 Nov 2, 2021  Rethinking Perkins to Expand Access to K-12 Computer Science
156 Oct 26, 2021 Computer Science for Multilingual Students
155 Oct 19, 2021 Teaching Explicit Programming Strategies to Adolescents
154 Oct 12, 2021 K-12 Cybersecurity Learning Standards
153 Oct 5, 2021 Twenty Things to do with a Computer (Papert & Solomon 1971)
152 Sept 28, 2021 California Computer Science Education Policy: Contributing Factors to Success and Opportunities for Further Progress
151 Sept 21, 2021 Implementation and Assessment of Teamwork in Computer Science Education
150 Sept 14, 2021 Measuring actual learning versus feeling of learning in response to being actively engaged in the classroom
149 Sept 7, 2021 Hindsight 2020: Guidebook for Virtual Professional Development for Computer Science Teachers
148 Aug 31, 2021 A New Model for Weaving Responsible Computing Into Courses Across the CS Curriculum
147 Aug 24, 2021 PBS or Netflix
146 Aug 17, 2021 MAADS: Mixed-Methods Approach for the Analysis of Debugging Sequences of Beginner Programmers
145 Aug 10, 2021 The Agile Educator Guide: An Agile Framework for Modern Education
144 Aug 3, 2021 The Future of Programming
143 Jul 27, 2021 CS Policy to Practice: Understanding Emerging Approaches to State-Level Computer Science Education Policy Design in the United States
142 Jul 20, 2021 Teaching how to teach computational thinking
141 Jul 13, 2021 Empowering K-12 Students with Disabilites to Learn Computational Thinking and Computer Programming
140 Jul 6, 2021 Physical Java Memory Models (presentation notes by Colleen Lewis) and 5-minute Video
139 Jun 29, 2021 The Effect of Reading Code Aloud on Comprehension: An Empirical Study with School Students
138 Jun 22, 2021 Many Small Programs in CS1: Usage Analysis from Multiple Universities
137 Jun 15, 2021 The CS Teacher Landscape: Results from a Nationwide Teacher Survey
136 Jun 8, 2021 Block Model: an educational model of program comprehension as a tool for a scholarly approach to teaching
135 Jun 1, 2021 How Early Does the CS Gender Gap Emerge? A Study of Collaborative Problem Solving in 5th Grade Computer Science or CSK8 Podcast
134 May 25, 2021 Teacher implementation profiles for integrating computational thinking into elementary mathematics and science instruction
133 May 18, 2021 Developing an Interdisciplinary Data Science Program
132 May 11, 2021 Supporting Diverse Learners in K-8 Computational Thinking with TIPP&SEE
131 May 4, 2021 Exploring Novice Programmers’ Hint Requests in an Intelligent Block-Based Coding Environment
130 Apr 27, 2021 Evolving a K-12 Curriculum for Integrating Computer Science into Mathematics
129 Apr 20, 2021 Teaching Computer Science through Problems, not Solutions
128 Apr 13, 2021 The Effects of Providing Starter Projects in Open-Ended Scratch Activities
127 Apr 6, 2021 Cultivating Interest and Competencies in Computing: Authentic Experiences and Design Factors
126 Mar 30, 2021 Development and Preliminary Validation of the Assessment of Computing for Elementary Students (ACES)
125 Mar 23, 2021 Critical Ancestral Computing: A Culturally Relevant Computer Science Education
124 Mar 16, 2021 Planning K-8 Computer Science through the UDL Framework
123 Mar 9, 2021 “You don’t do your hobby as a job”: Stereotypes of Computational Labor and their Implications for CS Education
122 Mar 2, 2021 Improving Middle School Students’ Computer Science Knowledge and Engagement Through Creative Online Programming Projects
121 Feb 23, 2021 Comprehension of computer code relies primarily on domain-general executive brain regions Note: this article is incredibly long. Read the pop-sci summary instead: >To the brain, reading computer code is not the same as reading language
120 Feb 16, 2021 Design to Disrupt: Making Space for Every Student in CS
119 Feb 9, 2021 From Theory Bias to Theory Dialogue: Embracing Cognitive, Situated, and Critical Framings of Computational Thinking in K-12 CS Education
118 Feb 2, 2021 Infusing Cooperative Learning into AP Computer Science Principles Courses to Promote Engagement and Diversity
117 Jan 26, 2021 A theory of instruction for introductory programming skills
116 Jan 19, 2021 Design Studios for K-12 Computing Education
>115 Jan 12, 2021 Broadening participation and success in AP CS A
114 Jan 5, 2021 Relating Natural Language Aptitude to Individual Differences in Learning Programming Languages
113 Dec 15, 2020 Why Computing Belongs within the Social Sciences
112 Dec 8, 2020 Teacher Perspectives on COVID-19’s Impact on K-12 Computer Science Instruction
111 Dec 1, 2020 Integrating Computing in School Subjects: A Conceptual Framework for Design and Analysis
110 Nov 24, 2020 A Multi-institutional Study of Peer Instruction in Introductory Computing
109 Nov 17, 2020 To Scratch or not to Scratch? A controlled experiment comparing plugged first and unplugged first programming lessons
108 Nov 10, 2020 Universal Design for learning CS (podcast: starts at 6 minutes)
107 Oct 27, 2020 Reducing withdrawal and failure rates in introductory programming with subgoal labeled worked examples
106 Oct 20, 2020 2020 State of Computer Science Education: Illuminating Disparities
105 Oct 13, 2020 Education in the Pandemic & the Potential for Computational Thinking
104 Oct 6, 2020 Translating Culturally Relevant Pedagogy to Computer Science (Video)
103 Sept 29, 2020 Hedy: A Gradual Language for Programming Education — Choice of paper or video.
102 Sept 22, 2020 Shriram Krishnamurthi, Teaching Computational Thinking (YouTube)
101 Sept 15, 2020 CS Equity Guide 2.0
100! Sept 8, 2020 Exploring Student Behavior Using the TIPP+SEE Strategy
99 Sept 1, 2020 Putting students on the path to learning: The case for fully guided instruction and Mark Guzdial’s take
98 Aug 25, 2020 Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science Principles: Searching for Equity in a Two-Tiered Solution to Underrepresentation
97 Aug 18, 2020 Unfold studio: supporting critical literacies of text and code
96 Aug 11, 2020 Improving explanations and learning activities in computing using semantic waves
95 Aug 4, 2020 Measuring Computational Thinking Teaching Efficacy Beliefs of Preservice Elementary Teachers
94 July 28, 2020 The Teacher Accessibility, Equity, and Content (TEC) Rubric for Evaluating Computing Curricula
Note: above paper paywalled, read this instead: Helping teachers make equitable decisions: effects of the TEC Rubric on teachers’ evaluations of a computing curriculum
And a link straight to the TEC Rubric itself.
93 July 21, 2020 A New Pedagogy to Address the Unacknowledged Failure of American Secondary CS Education
Mark Guzdial’s response
92 July 14, 2020 A Closer Look at Tracing, Explaining and Code Writing Skills in the Novice Programmer Our two-year anniversary!
91 July 7, 2020 Assessing Creativity in Computing Classrooms
90 June 30, 2020 Design Principles Behind Beauty and Joy of Computing
89 June 23, 2020 The Computer as Toolsmith II
88 June 16, 2020 How the Tech Sector Could Move in One Direction
87 June 9, 2020 When Twice as Good Isn’t Enough: The Case for Cultural Competence in Computing [Washington 2020]