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CS 10K: Barriers and Supports to Implementing Computer Science (The BASICS Study)


Outlier Research & Evaluation at the University of Chicago is carrying out a three year research study for the computer science (CS) education community. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the BASICS Study will examine the status of implementation of an introductory CS course, Exploring Computer Science (ECS), and the supports for and barriers to that implementation and endurance in schools and districts.

The BASICS Study supports the CS 10K effort to have 10,000 well-trained computer science teachers in 10,000 schools with goals to:

*€Inform CS 10K leaders and other CS educators about the supports and barriers to wide-scale high school CS education implementation and providing strategies for addressing them;
€*Provide tools for measuring CS program implementation and the supports and barriers that affect implementation; and
€*Create products from research findings that include resources and recommendations for implementing and growing CS education.

The study will focus on three research questions:
1) What is the status of ECS implementation in each site?
2) What supports and barriers contribute to or inhibit the implementation and endurance of ECS?
3) To what extent do these supports and barriers differ by location and over time?

The BASICS Study team will employ a mixed-methods research design using data collected through teacher and student questionnaires; ECS developer, school district personnel, school leader, and teacher interviews; and student focus groups. By doing so, we will be able to identify the key supports and barriers to ECS implementation and growth in high schools and districts and describe the steps these sites have taken to develop and overcome them.

Researchers will work collaboratively with CS 10K project leaders, CS education advisors, and school and district practitioners to produce findings and share timely and useful information with involved stakeholders through publication, presentations, on-line reports, webinars, and in-person discussions. The study will highlight the challenges to systemic efforts to increase accessibility, quality and quantity of high school CS education and offer recommendations to meet those challenges, ultimately helping the K-12 CS community bring needed programs into schools, and support lasting, systemic change.

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