Call for Papers: Special issue of CS Ed on Concept Inventories

February 8, 2014 at 1:13 am 2 comments

Call for Papers:

A journal published by Taylor & Francis

Special Issue on Concept Inventories in Computing

Guest Editor:
Steven A. Wolfman, University of British Columbia

A concept inventory is a short, low-stakes assessment of core conceptual
topics in a discipline that is both easy to process for individual
students and aggregate across students—often composed only of
multiple-choice questions. Physics’s Force Concept Inventory is the
prototypical example.

Concept inventories have revolutionized education in several disciplines
by making assessment simple, sustainable, scalable, and generalizable.
They enable educational researchers to make rapid progress by sharing
assessment tools. They expose trends in student learning to educational
practitioners and to the students themselves.

The guest editor invites authors to submit manuscripts for this special
issue devoted to concept inventories in computing. Suitable topics
include, but are not limited to:

+ Introduction of full or partial concept inventories for areas of
computing with evidence supporting their validity

+ Methodology for development of concept inventories in computing

+ Application of computing concept inventories to assess trends in
student learning, to compare across institutions or types of
institutions, to explore the impact of pedagogies, or otherwise
further computing education

+ Evidence—e.g., from course analysis or expert interviews or
surveys—to guide development of concept inventories in
computing disciplines

+ Literature reviews of concept inventories in computing

May 9, 2013   :: Manuscripts due
Jul 11, 2014  :: Author notification
Aug 22, 2014  :: Final submission due
December 2014 :: Publication

Submissions should be emailed to the guest editor at:

Full papers are ideally 5,000 to 7,000 words long. Both abstracts and full
papers should be in Word or PDF, formatted according to the instructions

Questions about the special issue should be sent to the guest editor
Steven Wolfman <>. General questions may also be sent to The
Journal of Computer Science Education editors, Sally Fincher and Laurie
Murphy <>.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Baker  |  February 8, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    The idea of concept inventory for CS is very intriguing. But who is doing this work? Are the really a lot of people with evidence of CS concept inventories? I’m just interested.

  • 2. Mark Guzdial  |  February 9, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Lisa Kaczmarczyk was building one, and there was a team working with her doing a couple others. Allison Elliott Tew did not use the concept inventory development process for her FCS1, but it might be thought about as a concept inventory. There were several papers at the last ICER from people developing kinds of concept inventories for computational thinking skills.


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