Cambridge Computing Education Research Symposium 2020: Presentations

The overarching theme of CCERS 2020 was school-level computing education, both formal and non-formal.

Within this overarching theme, the symposium included paper presentations on a range of topics under four themes (click on the title of each talk to download the slides).

Welcome and opening comments

Theme 1: Teacher engagement in computing education research

Enabling school computing to respond to a skills mismatch between education and the ‘world of work’: teacher-researcher and academic voices report on work in progress

Alison Twiner (University of Cambridge), Jo Shillingford (Chellaston Academy), Louis Major (University of Cambridge) and Rupert Wegerif (University of Cambridge) 

Codeveloping primary (K-5) programming design concepts with teachers

 Jane Waite and Paul Curzon (Queen Mary University of London)

Theme 2: Assessment tools

Computational Thinking Challenge: a pilot study on reliability and usability 

Rina Lai (University of Cambridge) 

Automated marking of free-text questions in STEM

Meurig Thomas and Alastair R. Beresford (University of Cambridge)

Theme 3: Application of theoretical frameworks

Semantic waves: analysing the effectiveness of computing activities 

Paul Curzon (Queen Mary University of London), Jane Waite (Queen Mary University of London) and Karl Maton (University of Sydney) 

Take a look at Paul’s blog for detailed responses to the questions raised during the Q&A

Understanding conceptual transfer in second and subsequent programming languages 

Ethel Tshukudu and Quintin Cutts (University of Glasgow)

Theme 4: Perceptions and attitudes

Exploring resilience for effective learning in computer science education 

Tom Prickett (Northumbria University), Tom Crick (Swansea University), Morgan Harvey (University of Sheffield), Julie Walters (Northumbria University) and Longzhi Yang (Northumbria University) 

How is programming taught in code clubs? Experiences, gender perceptions, and learning barriers experienced by code club teachers 

Fenia Aivaloglou and Felienne Hermans (Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science) 

Survey of female A-level CS students: sense of social purpose, sense of belonging, and hedging 

Lynne Blair, Lisa Thomas and Emily Winter (Lancaster University)