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This Handbook describes the extent and shape of computing education research today. Over fifty leading researchers from academia and industry (including Google and Microsoft) have contributed chapters that together define and expand the evidence base. The foundational chapters set the field in context, articulate expertise from key disciplines, and form a practical guide for new researchers. They address what can be learned empirically, methodologically and theoretically from each area. The topic chapters explore issues that are of current interest, why they matter, and what is already known. They include discussion of motivational context, implications for practice, and open questions which might suggest future research. The authors provide an authoritative introduction to the field which is essential reading for policy makers, as well as both new and established researchers.

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'We have centuries of experience in how to teach mathematics to our children, but we are only just starting to learn how to teach computing as a foundational (rather than simply vocational) subject. This book does a huge service to teachers and researchers, by distilling the best computing education research world-wide, articulating the evidence for what we do and don’t know, and setting the agenda for what needs to be done.'

Simon Peyton Jones - Microsoft Research and Glasgow University

'This Handbook provides a comprehensive survey of computing education research written by the foremost experts in the field. The scope of the handbook is broad and includes theory, methodology, pedagogy, and technology. It will be an essential reference resource, especially for graduate students who need to become familiar with existing work before undertaking their own research.'

Moti Ben-Ari - Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

'This Handbook is an important and timely contribution to computing education. In the context of universities being evaluated on the quality of their research, the chapters feature approaches to research design, theories, proven research methods, and practical examples, which are all useful for conducting good quality research in computing education. Indeed, there is something for everyone interested in computing education research: history, conversation, and practical tips. All computing lecturers should be issued with a copy.'

Sally Smith - Dean of Computing, Edinburgh Napier University

'This is an impressive volume with contributions from leading computing education researchers providing broad, yet carefully curated, coverage of past and current work. It is a solid reference for both new students and experienced researchers in the field.'

Mehran Sahami - Stanford University, California

'The importance of effective computing education cannot be overstated. This Handbook’s contributions from leaders in the field empower stakeholders, such as researchers and practitioners, to move toward the goal of teaching computing to all learners. The comprehensiveness of this volume ensures that it will be a standard resource for years to come.'

Cynthia J. Atman - Director, Center for Engineering Learning and Teaching, University of Washington

'In this Handbook, two of the most accomplished scholars in the field present the distilled wisdom from some of the area's leading experts. The chapter topics are carefully chosen and provide a multi-faceted view of computing education research. This comprehensive volume is both an orientation in the field and a cyclopaedia for novices and experts alike.'

Arnold Pears - Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

'The chapters in this Handbook edition compute on multiple levels: they offer a comprehensive review on the past and present of research in computer science education, they provide valuable insights into how to conduct this research with various methods, and they address critical issues in teaching practices, tool development, and student understanding.'

Yasmin Kafai - Lori and Michael Milken President’s Distinguished Professor, University of Pennsylvania

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