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.
TopicsTopics of interest include, but are not limited to:
- Learning: attitudes, beliefs, motivation, misconceptions, learning difficulties, student engagement with educational technology (e.g., visualization), conceptualization of computing
- Teaching: teaching approaches, teaching methods, teaching with educational technology
- Content: curricular aspects, learning standards, tools, educational approaches, context relevant teaching, assessment
- Institutional aspects: establishing and enhancing computing education, professional development
Special Theme: Computing? How young is too young?There is an increasing focus on early Computing education in many countries. This year we particularly welcome papers about the competencies, skills and knowledge of young learners of computing and original research relating to teaching approaches and tools that support young children in their understanding of computing.
Submission GuidelinesOriginal submissions in all areas related to primary and secondary computing education are invited in the following categories:
- Full Paper (6-10 pages).
Full papers must be submitted in one of two categories:
- Empirical Research Paper: Unpublished, original, theoretically anchored research relevant to the topics of the workshop. Empirical research papers are expected to be of high quality and present novel arguments, syntheses, results, methods or tools.
- Theoretical and Philosophical Research Paper: Unpublished, original, theoretically anchored research which includes dissemination and discussion of new ideas, theoretical analyses, or the proposition of an original theory relevant to the topics of the workshop.
- Work in Progress (3-4 pages). Work in progress papers are expected to present unpublished, original work in progress related to empirical or theoretical research relevant to the topics of the workshop.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 (4-6 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 Practical reports describe unpublished, original projects in the field of "primary and secondary computing education" with an emphasis on practical experiences, e.g. evaluating a teaching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 FormatSubmissions 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.
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.Questions? Please contact Judith Gal-Ezer (Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science, Open University of Israel), Sue Sentance (Dept. of Education and Professional Studies, King's College London), or Jan Vahrenhold (Institut for Informatik, University of Munster).