CAREER: CS-CLIMATE: Fostering Collaborative Dialogue for Rigorous Learning and Diverse Student Retention in Computer Science

Principal Investigator: Kristy E. Boyer

Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Start Date: August 16, 2015

End Date: February 28, 2021

Amount: $504,349


A rich body of evidence suggests that collaborative learning holds many benefits for computer science students, yet there is growing recognition that neither collaborative learning itself, nor the innovative curricula in which it may be situated, are “magic bullets” for solving computing’s pipeline problem. In contrast to being a one-size-fits-all solution, collaborative learning is highly dependent upon characteristics of the collaborators and on fine-grained interactions. The overarching research question of this project is: Can we identify and support the facets of collaborative dialogue that are particularly effective for fostering learning, sense of identity, motivation, and continued engagement for diverse computer science learners?

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