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The Impact of Non-Formal Computer Science Outreach on Computational Thinking in Young Women

Hiley, K. ORCID: 0009-0000-1824-3850, Cebolla, H. ORCID: 0009-0006-5645-4652 & Elshehaly, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-5867-6121 (2023). The Impact of Non-Formal Computer Science Outreach on Computational Thinking in Young Women. In: Proceedings of the 2023 Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education V. 2. ITiCSE 2023: Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education, 10-12 Jul 2023, Turku, Finland. doi: 10.1145/3587103.3594197


The role of non-formal education in increasing female participation in Computer Science (CS) is a hot topic. Short-term interventions, including programming skill outreach activities, have been reported to increase self-efficacy and willingness to pursue computing careers in young women. We explored the impact of a programming outreach activity on three types of measures for 30 female pupils: computing self-efficacy, social participation, and understanding of basic computing concepts. Preliminary results revealed a significant increase in participants' self-efficacy and sense of belonging in computing after the informal learning activity. Students were more focused on tasks when engaging socially with their peers and teachers. A decrease in misconception was observed in uni-structural knowledge but no significant difference was found in multi-structural computing knowledge acquisition. These data provide a baseline for study of the long term impact of outreach activities.

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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments: School of Science & Technology
School of Science & Technology > Computer Science
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