Call for Papers on Computer Science Education

TechTrends Special Issue
Call for Papers on Computer Science Education
Editors: Cornelia Connolly & Tony Hall, National University of Ireland - Galway

Computer Science (CS) education represents a dynamically-changing domain globally. The development of new teacher education programmes along with the design and deployment of new school curricula and assessment in Computer Science internationally reflect the growing importance of CS for today’s world.
Furthermore, in addition to formal, school-oriented developments and innovations, Computer Science education is also expanding significantly through national and international movements to promote CS among young people and lifelong learners, and through informal learning settings and extra- and co-curricular initiatives. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has served to underscore the importance of enhancing young people’s, and indeed everyone’s critical understanding and use of computing and technology. The purpose of this special issue of TechTrends is to collect and curate the latest, frontier innovations in Computer Science education globally. Papers are invited that address areas and topics outlined below: 

  • CS learning and teaching to promote the convergence of diversity, equity and social movements.
  • Platforms and ecosystems that promote and sustain innovative CS education and CS teacher education.
  • The intersection of formal and informal educational innovations to promote CS education amongst diverse learners.
  • Design-based and educational design research methodologies that support and promote computational problem solving, computational thinking and coding literacies.
  • The deployment of online and blended learning experiences within CS education programmes.
  • Comparative and international studies of computational thinking and computer science teacher education research, curriculum design and school-based innovations in CS education.
  • Exemplar case studies of Computer Science initial teacher education.

A wide range of papers are welcome, including, (but not limited to): critical and systematic reviews; empirical studies of CS education in context; design-based research in CS learning and teaching; theoretical reflections on CS education; and curriculum and policy critiques and discussion.

Submission Information
Please submit a brief overview (approx. 500-700 words) of your proposed article including details of the program component/aspect, data collection and analysis, and expected implications to Dr. Cornelia Connolly (cornelia.connolly@nuigalway.ie) and Dr. Tony Hall (tony.hall@nuigalway.ie) using “TechTrends CSE Special Issue” as the subject line. If accepted for review, you will be directed to a TechTrends portal for this special issue to submit your full article per the schedule below.

Full articles should follow the writing style guidelines for TechTrends including APA 7th Edition formatting. Submissions should be 4000-6000 words in length (10-18 pages) not including tables, figures, and references. Abstracts should not exceed 150 words. Use APA formatting throughout.
We kindly ask authors to also serve as reviewers for other submissions. Given your expertise as a scholar in this particular topic, your peer review feedback is extremely valuable.  

Important Dates

  • October 1, 2021– Email submission of article overview
  • October 22, 2021 - Authors notified of proposal acceptance
  • December 17, 2021 – Full submissions due
  • January 31, 2021 – Decisions made; feedback sent
  • February 21, 2022– Revisions due
  • March 11, 2022– Feedback on revised manuscripts
  • March 25, 2022– Revisions due
  • May 2022 – Special Issue published

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