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Pedagogy and Processes for a Computer Programming Outreach Workshop—The Bridge to College Model

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5 Author(s)
Tangney, B. ; Sch. of Comput. Sci. & Stat., Trinity Coll. Dublin, Dublin, Ireland ; Oldham, E. ; Conneely, C. ; Barrett, S.
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This paper describes a model for computer programming outreach workshops aimed at second-level students (ages 15-16). Participants engage in a series of programming activities based on the Scratch visual programming language, and a very strong group-based pedagogy is followed. Participants are not required to have any prior programming experience. An empirical evaluation was undertaken to evaluate to what extent the model was successful in: (1) giving the participants a deeper understanding of what studying a computing degree and working in the computing profession entails; and (2) increasing their interest in pursuing a third-level qualification in a computer-related area.

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Education, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:53 ,  Issue: 1 )