Date of Award

2018

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Computer Science

Department

Computer Science and Statistics

First Advisor

Victor Fay-Wolfe

Abstract

The Computer Science For All initiative intends to teach computational thinking and programming skills to all levels of students with varying background and experience in computer science. This includes English Learner (EL) students. There should be a concentrated effort to narrow the achievement gap among EL students and non-EL students especially in computer science courses that can lead to economic prosperity and social mobility in the digital society. With the growing number of EL students joining the student population in public schools across the United States, it is critical that these students are provided with equitable access to computer science education through effective instructional strategies and meaningful resources. This research study intends to develop EL accessible curriculum and resources for an introductory computer science high school course and use research-based designs and strategies to evaluate the quality of the developed EL accessible materials, instructions, and assessments in computer science learning and achievement among EL students. As a result of this study, all of the developed EL accessible instructions, materials, and assessments are deemed satisfactory; however, there remain necessary revisions of these materials to be implemented in order to fully address the needs and concerns of EL students in computer science learning and achievement.

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