Social Studies of Computing

Multidisciplinary Research Group at McGill University

Inclusive Teaching And Learning in Computer Science (ITALICS) Reading Group

Note: This reading group is on hiatus during the fall 2018 term, and will resume in May 2019.

We met weekly at 1:30PM on Tuesdays in McConnell 321 to discuss how to teach computer science, with a focus on inclusive pedagogy. Each week we read a paper or short book chapter in advance of the meeting, and then discuss the reading as a group.

Are all welcome, including students, faculty, teachers, and members of the community.

We have a mailing list for posting the weekly readings. To be added to the mailing list, see the mailing list page. For more information, contact Elizabeth Patitsas.


Past Readings

  1. February 6, 2018: defensive communication in the classroom
    Garvin-Doxas, Kathy, and Lecia J. Barker. "Communication in computer science classrooms: understanding defensive climates as a means of creating supportive behaviors." Journal on Educational Resources in Computing (JERIC) 4, no. 1 (2004): 2..
  2. February 13, 2018: translating from code to 'plain English'
    Murphy, Laurie, Sue Fitzgerald, Raymond Lister, and Renée McCauley. "Ability to 'explain in plain english' linked to proficiency in computer-based programming." In Proceedings of the ninth annual international conference on International computing education research, pp. 111-118. ACM, 2012.
  3. February 20 meeting cancelled for SIGCSE.
  4. February 27, 2018: global variation in female participation
    Mellström, Ulf. "The intersection of gender, race and cultural boundaries, or why is computer science in Malaysia dominated by women?." Social Studies of Science 39, no. 6 (2009): 885-907.
  5. March 6 meeting cancelled due to construction.
  6. March 13, 2018: team based learning
    Hu, Helen H., and Tricia D. Shepherd. "Using POGIL to help students learn to program." ACM Transactions on Computing Education (TOCE) 13, no. 3 (2013): 13.
  7. March 19, 2018: subgoal labelling
    Morrison, Briana B., Lauren E. Margulieux, and Mark Guzdial. "Subgoals, context, and worked examples in learning computing problem solving." In Proceedings of the eleventh annual international conference on international computing education research, pp. 21-29. ACM, 2015.
  8. March 26, 2018: learning student names
    Middendorf, Joan, and Elizabeth Osborn. "Learning student names." In National Teaching and Learning Forum online: http://www. ntlf. com/html/lib/bib/names. htm. 1997.
    Optional second reading: Hanassab, Shideh. "Diversity, international students, and perceived discrimination: Implications for educators and counselors." Journal of Studies in International Education 10, no. 2 (2006): 157-172.
  9. April 3, 2018: soliciting and using student feedback
    Murray, Harry G. "Acquiring student feedback that improves instruction." New directions for teaching and learning 1987, no. 32 (1987): 85-96.
  10. April 10, 2018: teaching evaluations
    Neath, Ian. "How to improve your teaching evaluations without improving your teaching." Psychological Reports 78, no. 3_suppl (1996): 1363-1372.
  11. April 17, 2018: contextualized curricula
    Chapter 6 of Guzdial, Mark. "Learner-Centered Design of Computing Education". 2015.
  12. April 24, 2018: Cancelled for CHI (here in Montreal!)
  13. May 1, 2018: values of CS students
    Ferrario, Maria Angela, Will Simm, Stephen Forshaw, Adrian Gradinar, Marcia Tavares Smith, and Ian Smith. "Values-first SE: research principles in practice." In Proceedings of the 38th International Conference on Software Engineering Companion, pp. 553-562. ACM, 2016.
  14. May 8, 2018: achivement goals
    Zingaro, Daniel, and Leo Porter. "Impact of student achievement goals on CS1 outcomes." In Proceedings of the 47th ACM technical symposium on Computing Science Education, pp. 279-296. ACM, 2016.
  15. May 15, 2018: author chat with Dan Zingaro
    Continuing to discuss the Zingaro and Porter paper from last week, this time with Dan Zingaro!
  16. May 22, 2018: understanding the statistics in education papers
    Goodman, Steven. "A dirty dozen: twelve p-value misconceptions." In Seminars in hematology, vol. 45, no. 3, pp. 135-140. Elsevier, 2008.
    PLUS! This series of youtube videos to watch
  17. May 29 meeting cancelled.
  18. Jun 5, 2018: "face saving" revisited
    Lundy, Garvey F. "The myths of oppositional culture." Journal of Black Studies 33, no. 4 (2003): 450-467.
  19. Jun 12, 2018: author chat with Briana Morrison
    Briana Morrison will join us by skype! We'll revisit her paper: Morrison, Briana B., Lauren E. Margulieux, and Mark Guzdial. "Subgoals, context, and worked examples in learning computing problem solving." In Proceedings of the eleventh annual international conference on international computing education research, pp. 21-29. ACM, 2015.
  20. Jun 19, 2018: faculty practices
    Barker, Lecia, Christopher Lynnly Hovey, and Jane Gruning. "What influences CS faculty to adopt teaching practices?" In Proceedings of the 46th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, pp. 604-609. ACM, 2015.
  21. Jun 26, 2018: TA development
    Patitsas, Elizabeth. "A case study of the development of CS teaching assistants and their experiences with team teaching." In Proceedings of the 13th Koli Calling International Conference on Computing Education Research, pp. 115-124. ACM, 2013.
  22. July 3, 2018: professor development
    Peter Kugel. How professors develop as teachers. Studies in higher education, 18(3):315–328, 1993.
  23. July 10, 2018: student development
    Hmelo‐Silver, Cindy E., and Merav Green Pfeffer. "Comparing expert and novice understanding of a complex system from the perspective of structures, behaviors, and functions." Cognitive Science 28, no. 1 (2004): 127-138.
  24. July 17, 2018: curriculum change
    Gruba, Paul, Alistair Moffat, Harald Søndergaard, and Justin Zobel. "What drives curriculum change?." In Proceedings of the Sixth Australasian Conference on Computing Education-Volume 30, pp. 109-117. Australian Computer Society, Inc., 2004.
  25. No meeting July 24 or 31.
  26. Aug 7, 2018: learning processes revisited
    Castro, Francisco Enrique Vicente, and Kathi Fisler. "Designing a multi-faceted SOLO taxonomy to track program design skills through an entire course." In Proceedings of the 17th Koli Calling Conference on Computing Education Research, pp. 10-19. ACM, 2017.
  27. No meeting Aug 14.
  28. No meeting Aug 21.
  29. Aug 28, 2018: group activity