A national study of undergraduate research experiences in computing: Implications for culturally relevant pedagogy

Audrey Smith Rorrer, Joseph Allen, Huifang Zuo

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Abstract

In this paper, we describe a large-scale, long-term study of a National Science Foundation undergraduate research program via the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Evaluation Toolkit project. The overarching research questions are: what attitudinal shifts occur for undergraduate research experience student participants, and do experience perceptions differ based upon student demographics? Results across two cohort years showed statistically significant gains for several key program level outcomes. However, intent to go to graduate school decreased in both cohorts. Gender and ethnicity differences were observed. Women and underrepresented minority group students had significantly higher scores for several factors. These findings are discussed in context of culturally relevant pedagogy for undergraduate research programs. This study is unique in its scale and scope, providing a depiction of student outcomes across multiple cohorts of a national sample including over 58 computing research sites and more than 900 undergraduate students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSIGCSE 2018 - Proceedings of the 49th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages604-609
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450351034
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 21 2018
Event49th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, SIGCSE 2018 - Baltimore, United States
Duration: Feb 21 2018Feb 24 2018

Publication series

NameSIGCSE 2018 - Proceedings of the 49th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
Volume2018-January

Other

Other49th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, SIGCSE 2018
CountryUnited States
CityBaltimore
Period2/21/182/24/18

Keywords

  • Computing education
  • Culturally relevant pedagogy
  • Gender
  • Undergraduate research experiences
  • Underrepresented minority

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Education

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    Rorrer, A. S., Allen, J., & Zuo, H. (2018). A national study of undergraduate research experiences in computing: Implications for culturally relevant pedagogy. In SIGCSE 2018 - Proceedings of the 49th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (pp. 604-609). (SIGCSE 2018 - Proceedings of the 49th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education; Vol. 2018-January). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/3159450.3159510