Call for Papers and Participation

We invite you to submit a paper, report, or poster for the 9th Workshop in Primary and Secondary Computing Education (WiPSCE 2014) and join us in Berlin, Germany, in November 2014.

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Important Dates

(*) We offer a re-submission slack. This means that title and abstract of papers must be submitted by the first deadline, but it will be possible to upload the full versions of papers until the second deadline. Paper abstracts that are not submitted by the first deadline will not be considered - we need the information to assign the submissions to the reviewers.

Research in primary and secondary computing education is a young field with strong ties to national educational systems. Nevertheless, its theories, methods, and results are internationally applicable and of interest to researchers and practitioners in the field.

WiPSCE aims at improving the exchange of research and practice relevant to teaching and learning in primary and secondary computing education, teacher training, and related research.

The 2014 workshop will be located in the exciting city of Berlin — Germany’s largest city, 25 years after the fall of the Berlin wall. The workshop is hosted and organised by the Institute of Computer Science at Freie Universitaet Berlin.


Original submissions in all areas related to primary and secondary computing education are invited. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Special Theme

What do we know about our learners?

Learning, as conceived by current learning theories, works best if it matches the existing knowledge, competencies and attitudes of the learner. Thus teachers need to know and make use of these current notions of their learners. What do we know about these, and what are suitable empirical instruments to uncover them?

We especially call for papers on:

Well-explained analyses, theories, and opinions are highly welcome for this special theme at WiPSCE 2014.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions are invited for the following categories:

Full Paper (6-10 pages)
Full papers are expected to meet one of the two categories:

Short Paper (3-4 pages)
Short papers are expected to present unpublished, original work in progress related to empirical or theoretical research relevant to the topics of the workshop.

Practical Report (6-10 pages)
Practical reports describe unpublished, original projects in the field of "primary and secondary computing education" with an emphasis on practical experiences, e.g. evaluating a teaching intervention or curricular initiative.

Reports are required to have a solid theoretical basis and need to reflect on the findings in order to contribute to the theory. Therefore, practical reports should clearly identify the relevance and importance to computing education as well as their contribution to concepts and theories in the field.

Demo/Poster Abstract (2 pages)
Demo/Poster abstracts should present emerging ideas for future research, teaching practice, or tools.

Submission Format
Submissions are required to follow the standard ACM two-column format, in the tighter alternate stlye. The review process will be double-blind, so authors are requested not to include their names and affiliations when submitting and to cite their prior work appropriately.

Review Process and Publication

To ensure selection of high quality contributions, submissions for Full Papers are reviewed by at least three members of the international Program Committee. Short Paper submissions and Demo/Poster Abstracts are reviewed by at least two members of the Program Committee.

The WiPSCE Program Committee takes pride in considering submissions thoroughly and providing constructive feedback.

All accepted contributions will be available as electronic pre-proceedings prior to the workshop. The papers from the workshop will be indexed and available through the ACM Digital Library (approval pending).

At least one author must register and present accepted papers in order for the paper to be included in the workshop proceedings.

Workshop Format

WiPSCE is a single track workshop with keynotes, research and practice presentations, panels, and discussion sessions. The workshop language is English. The workshop is known for its moderate size and lively discussions.


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