Relevant research that 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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Computer Science through Concurrent Enrollment: A Strategy to Broaden Participation

Most U.S. states support college-readiness and access through dual enrollment, in which high school students enroll in college courses.


Feb 2020

The Impact of CS for All on College Placement in Computer Science

With the CS for All movement increasingly gaining traction nationally, students entering colleges and universities are arriving with deeper and broader CS experiences. This in turn can change students' higher education starting point.


Feb 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

Mathematics and programming exercises for educational robot navigation

This paper points students towards ideas they can use towards developing a convenient library for robot navigation, with examples based on Botball primitives, and points educators towards mathematics and programming exercises.

    Article, Conference

Jul 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

CAFÉCS computer science teaching assistant program.

2019 STEM for All Video Showcase


May 2019

Integrating mathematics and educational robotics: Simple motion planning

This paper shows how students can be guided to integrate elementary mathematical analyses with motion planning for typical educational robots.


Apr 2019