Book released: Learner-Centered Design of Computing Education: Research on Computing for Everyone

December 23, 2015 at 7:51 am 7 comments

My book in John Carroll’s Human-Centered Informatics series was just released: Learner-Centered Design of Computing Education: Research on Computing for Everyone 

The book is available on Amazon here. There’s a cool website with all options for getting the book here.

I’ve put a copy of the Table of Contents and Preface here:

My goal is to provide an overview (110 pages worth) of the research (over 300 references) related to computing education for everyone. I aim to connect literature from the traditional computing education research communities (e.g., SIGCSE and ICER) to research in learning sciences, educational psychology, and human-computer interaction.  There is a lot of history in the book because that’s how I like to view these things.

I spent most of 2015 writing this book, and this year set the context for the book.  This was the year that Chicago, San Francisco, Arkansas, and then New York City decided to require computing for everyone. I had all those efforts in mind when I was writing, to tell what research has found about teaching computing to everyone.

I expect to be blogging on some of themes in the book in 2016. Hope you all have Happy Holidays!

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  • 1. Hobbes LeGault  |  January 11, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    I’ve been reading through this book over my break and I’m looking forward to using at least some of it in my (highly experimental) seminar on CS education for CS people this spring. One question – in the second chapter, you make reference to both a “notional machine” (a machine of ideas) and a “notational machine” (a machine of notation?) – are references to the latter (e.g. section 2.5.2, top of p31) merely typos, or are these two separate concepts?

    • 2. Mark Guzdial  |  January 11, 2016 at 1:46 pm

      Typo — thanks for noting that! I’m working on the errata so I’ll include that.

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