Relevant research that both informs the work of CPS and contributes to the field of education research

Through collaborations between education researchers and practitioners, the Chicago Alliance for Equity in Computer Science (CAFÉCS) has produced relevant research that both informs the work of CPS and contributes to the field of education research related to theory of computer science education, student learning and effective partnerships. This section provides an archive of CAFÉCS publications.

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Assessing computational thinking: an overview of the field

The last decade has seen rapid growth in the presence of computational thinking (CT) in educational contexts. Those working to advance CT argue that the concepts and skills associated with CT are essential to succeed in an increasingly computational


May 2021

Scaling high school AP computer science: Access and outcomes from Chicago Public Schools

To understand student access and success in advanced coursework in computer science (CS), we investigated AP CSP participation and outcomes in CPS.

    Jun 2020

    The changing profile of ECS teachers

    This study compares the characteristics and professional development (PD) experiences between teachers who began teaching Exploring Computer Science before and after the enactment of a CS graduation requirement in the Chicago Public Schools.


    Mar 2020

    Exercises Integrating High School Mathematics with Robot Motion Planning

    This Innovative Practice Work in Progress presents progress in developing exercises for high school students incorporating level-appropriate mathematics into robotics activities.


    Oct 2019

    Research methods for reaching urban students from groups underrepresented in STEM disciplines

    In Todd Ruecker and Vanessa Svihla, editors, Navigating Challenges in Qualitative Educational Research: Research, Interrupted, chapter 3, pages 26–38. Routledge, 1st edition, 2019.


    Jun 2019

    Using research-practice partnerships to improve practice in Chicago Public School

    This paper reports initial findings from this evaluation, focusing on the second and third dimensions: (1) conducting rigorous research to inform action and (2) supporting the partner organization to achieve its goals.


    May 2019

    An examination of the correlation of Exploring Computer Science course performance and the development of programming expertise

    This study investigated patterns in the development of computational thinking and programming expertise in the context of the Exploring Computer Science (ECS) program, a high school introductory CS course and professional development program.


    Mar 2019

    This is What Diversity Looks Like: Making CS Curriculum Culturally Relevant for Spanish-speaking Communities

    Exploring Computer Science (ECS) [1] spawned from the need to provide access to Computer Science to everyone in the US.


    Feb 2019