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Using peer-led team learning to increase participation and success of under-represented groups in introductory computer science

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Using peer-led team learning to increase participation and success of under-represented groups in introductory computer science
This paper describes the implementation and evaluation of a program that uses active recruiting and peer-led team learning to try to increase the participation and success of women and minority students in undergraduate computer science. These strategies were applied at eight universities starting in the fall of 2004. There have been some impressive results: ? We succeeded in attracting under-represented students who would not otherwise have taken a CS course. ? Evaluation shows that participation in our program significantly improves retention rates and grades, especially for women. ? Students in the program, as well as the students who served as peer leaders, are uniformly enthusiastic about their experience. Categories and Subject Descriptors K.3.2 [Computer and Information Science Education]: Computer science education General Terms Human Factors Keywords women in computer science, under-represented groups, peerled team learning, PLTL, ESP, inclusion, introductory computer science...
Susan Horwitz, Susan H. Rodger, Maureen Biggers, D
Added 24 Nov 2009
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Type Conference
Year 2009
Where SIGCSE
Authors Susan Horwitz, Susan H. Rodger, Maureen Biggers, David Binkley, C. Kolin Frantz, Dawn Gundermann, Susanne E. Hambrusch, Steven Huss-Lederman, Ethan V. Munson, Barbara G. Ryder, Monica Sweat
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