Identification of the emergent leaders within a CSE professional development program

Tracie Evans Reding, Brian Dorn, Neal Grandgenett, Harvey Siy, Jon Youn, Quiming Zhu, Carol Engelmann

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The need for high quality, sustainable Computer Science Education (CSE) professional development (PD) at the grades K-12 level is essential to the success of the global CSE initiatives. This study investigates the use of Social Network Analysis (SNA) to identify emergent teacher leaders within a high quality CSE PD program. The CSE PD program was designed and implemented through collaboration between the computer science and teacher education units at a Midwestern metropolitan university in North America. A unique feature of this specific program is in the intentional development of a social network. This study discusses the importance of social networks, the development of social capital, and its impact on the sustainability of the goals of the CSE PD program. The role of emergent teacher leaders in the development of the social capital of the CSE PD cohort is investigated using SNA techniques. The cohort consisted of 16 in-service teachers in grades 6-12 representing seven districts and four distinct content areas. The instruments used involved a questionnaire and the results of a CSE PD program online course. The findings suggest a correlation between the emergent teacher leaders, the online course results, and the overall cohort social capital. Future uses of SNA within professional development programs are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWiPSCE 2016 - Proceedings of the 11th Workshop in Primary and Secondary Computing Education
EditorsJan Vahrenhold, Erik Barendsen, Erik Barendsen
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781450342230
StatePublished - Oct 13 2016
Event11th Workshop in Primary and Secondary Computing Education, WiPSCE 2016 - Munster, Germany
Duration: Oct 13 2016Oct 15 2016

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


Other11th Workshop in Primary and Secondary Computing Education, WiPSCE 2016


  • Social capital
  • Social network analysis
  • Sustainable professional development
  • Teacher leaders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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