UP CS Ed Research

Understanding and Propagating the Essence of Successful CS Education Research Projects

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A 2013 report from a joint committee of the U.S. Department of Education(ED) and the US. National Science Foundation (NSF), Common Guidelines for Education Research and Development (NSF 13-126) describes shared understandings of the roles of various types of research in generating evidence about strategies and interventions for increasing student learning. They identify six types of research:

  1. Foundational Research
  2. Early-Stage or Exploratory Research
  3. Design and Development Research
  4. Efficacy Research
  5. Effectiveness Research
  6. Scale-up Research

For each type of research, the guidelines characterize the elements of such research: purpose, required theoretical and empirical justifications, expectations for research design and expected products, and expectations for review.

In this NSF-funded workshop we seek to explore the space of successful CS Education Research projects conducted by ICER attendees, identify exemplars in each of the six categories, and discuss how best to disseminate these guidelines to current and prospective researchers in the field. Outcomes of the workshop will include:

  • E-proceedings
  • Publications including in ACM magazines and ACM SIGCSE special session
  • Topics for Workshop at SIGCSE for current and prospective CS Education researchers
  • Other dissemination efforts

Workshop attendees will be asked to present and describe their past or current research project in terms of the elements in the guidelines (purpose, justifications, design, products, etc.) and to participate in discussions on how to promote the guidelines to prospective researchers.

Applying for the UP CS Ed Workshop

To apply for the workshop, please complete this short application at:
Note: the workshop is intended for active and/or experienced CS education researchers.

Costs and benefits of participation

Workshop participation is at no cost to attendees. The breaks and lunch during the workshop day will be covered. In addition, we will cover the cost of one night of lodging while at the conference.

Accepted participants will be required to prepare and submit an outline of the research project to be presented (2-3 pages).

Through their participation in this workshop, attendees will help to provide a CS context for​ these guidelines for educational research and to shape the planned SIGCSE 2017 workshop on this topic. It is expected that participants will both contribute to and benefit from the discussions.

Important Dates

  • Friday, July 15th, 2016 – Workshop application deadline
  • Monday, July 18th, 2016 – Notification of acceptance
  • Friday, August 26, 2016 – Outline of research project submitted
  • Thursday, September 8, 2016 – UP CS Education Research Workshop

UP CS Ed Research Workshop Organization

This workshop is organized by the Clemson Consortium for Computing & Education with support from the US National Science Foundation.

Organizing committee

Eileen Kraemer and Murali Sitaraman (co-chairs)
School of Computing, Clemson University,

Russell A. Marion II, S. Megan Che, Michelle Patrick Cook
Eugene T. Moore School of Education, Clemson University