WiPSCE 2023 will be accompanied by some related events. Information on these events can be accessed via this page.
Workshops (Wednesday am)
For participants who are able to arrive a little earlier, we are offering three free workshops on Wednesday 27th September, 9:30 - 11.45 am. Each workshop has a maximum capacity of 16 people. Please select which workshop you would like to attend when registering for WiPSCE. Workshops are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Workshop A : WiPSCE Doctoral Workshop. The WiPSCE conference will host an informal workshop for PhD, EdD and computing education Masters students to meet and share their work in K-12 education. The Doctoral Workshop offers postgraduate students the opportunity to present and discuss their research, receive feedback, and exchange comments in a stimulating academic community of fellow students and experienced researchers. In the first hour of the workshop, participants will give a short presentation of their research, which will be followed by a discussion to develop tips and tricks for computing education research.
In the second part of the workshop, we will provide an introduction to various forms of writing, including high-quality academic writing, focusing on building a strong theoretical background and methodology (qualitative and quantitative) and structuring and presenting arguments that support your research findings and extend knowledge. Finally, we will explore ongoing ways to create a community of computing education researchers, such as buddying, writing workshops, and other forms of collaboration.
Workshop leaders: Maria Kallia, University of Glasgow and Jane Waite, Raspberry Pi Foundation
- Workshop B : Qualitative research: phenomenological approaches. Phenomenological research is the study of lived or experiential meaning. It attempts to describe and interpret these meanings in the ways that they emerge and are shaped by consciousness, language, our cognitive and noncognitive sensibilities, and by our presuppositions. It is an approach to qualitative research that impacts the methods used with respect to research design, data collection and sampling, as well as analysis and interpretation of the data.
In this workshop, Claire will lead a discussion on phenomenological approaches to qualitative research, with examples from her own work. Ideally, participants would be planning or involved in qualitative research projects that they would be able to share and discuss.
Workshop leader: Claire Garside, University of Leeds
- Workshop C : Increase your statistical confidence. Statistics are widely-used in research, and can be carried out with the click of a button, but many of us do so while being unsure of the principles behind them. Statistics is built on concepts that are difficult to understand, such as p-values, significance testing, confidence intervals and effect sizes. This workshop will explain these awkward statistical concepts, and how to use them in analysing and reviewing research, to enable you to conduct statistics-based research with increased confidence. The workshop will feature discussion and participation interaction, working at a steady pace through the core concepts of statistical analysis. Participants are expected to have a basic knowledge of probability but all other concepts will be explained during the workshop. Participants will need a device capable of Internet browsing.
Workshop leader: Neil Brown, Kings College London
Teacher event (Friday pm)
A separate event organised by Computing At School (CAS) will be offered on the Friday afternoon. To register for this event please go to the CAS Cambridge registration page. All teachers and anybody interested in CAS are welcome to this meeting, even if you are not Cambridge-based. The meeting will run from 2:30- 5:00pm and will have a focus on research, as well as time for a bring and share session focused on planning for the new school year. The agenda for the meeting will be as follows:
- Coffee/tea and cake will be available from 2pm onwards
- 2:30 Welcome, introductions
- 2:45 Introduction to the CAS Research group and their activities.
- 3:15 Conducting a classroom-based research project in your school
- 4:00 Coffee/tea break
- 4:15 Bring and share. Please bring any ideas/resources you'd like to share that you are implementing in the new school year
- 5:00 Meeting ends