Evidence or Excitement

Which Predicts Implementation of Research-based Pedagogy by CS Educators?


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There's a lack of clarity on how to increase the adoption of research-based pedagogy in CS education.

Past research indicates that evidence from education studies was not an influential factor, while educator excitement was a significant one. The results of our survey indicate that peer-reviewed citations correlated with educator familiarity and intended adoption. However:

• Perceived benefits and challenges, which we used as a proxy for excitement, had a statistically significant yet smaller effect size.

• Our results suggest that, despite previous findings, evidence from education research might influence adoption.

• This work also offers a quantitative metric for educator excitement.

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Elise Deitrick, Joshua Ball, and Megan McHugh. 2021. Evidence or Excitement: Which Predicts Implementation of Research-based Pedagogy by CS Educators? In Proceedings of the 52nd ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE '21). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 1342. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3408877.3439662


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