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A few results from the IPRE Survey

A survey on computer science education was put up a few weeks ago. Here is a link to a copy of the IPRE Survey.

The IPRE Survey was closed on August 1st at 12:00 PM. There were a total of 280 people who took the survey. 25.3% of these participants were between the ages of 18-22; 13.5% were between the ages of 22-29; 21.4% were between the ages of 30-39; 15.7% were between the ages of 40-49; 17.8% were between the ages of 50-59; 6.1% were over 60 years old.

• The main reasons why women tend not to enroll in computer science courses:
o 53.6% agree that women find the environment uncomfortable.
o 47.3% say that women are not engaged by the computer science topics.
o 45.6% say that women do not want to be seen as nerds.
o 34.3% agree that women are discouraged from taking these courses.
• While 54.4% of the women agree that women have little or no interest in computer programming, 67.9% of the men agree on the same thing.
• 49.3% tell us that less than 10% of their entire class enrolled in CS courses when it was offered. 68% say that over 75% of their first computer science class was male.
• 64.9% say that robots make computer science more interesting and 85.7% agree that appearance of the robot affects student decisions to enroll in the course.
• While the Aibo was by far everybody’s favorite robot, the Mindstorm followed close behind. The surveyor, though was not able to surpass the Mindstorm was preferred over the Create, the Scribbler and a lot of other robots.
• Robot ranking results:
The first set:

• Overall Results:
o 37.3%(highest) ranked Robot E, the Aibo as their favorite.
o 22.8% ranked Robot B as their second favorite.
o The overall rankings from best to worst: E, D, B, C, A, F
• Results from the male gender:
o 39.5%(highest) ranked Robot E, the Aibo as their favorite.
o The most number of votes for the lowest one went to Robot F.
o The overall rankings from best to worst: D, E, B, A, C, F
• Results from the female gender:
o 39.8% (highest) ranked robot E, the Aibo as their favorite.
o 21.8% ranked Robot B as their second favorite.
o 36.3% ranked robot A as their least favorite.
o The overall rankings from best to worst: E, D, B, F, C, A

The second set:

• The overall results:
o 49.8% ranked robot B, the Lego Mindstorm as their favorite.
o 32.8% ranked Robot E, the Surveyor as their second favorite.
o 20.9% ranked Robot D, the Boe-BOT as their third favorite.
o 22.9% ranked Robot G, the Scribbler as their fifth favorite.
o The overall rankings from best to worst: B, E, D, F, G, H, A, C
• Results from the male gender:
o 53.2% ranked robot B, the Lego Mindstorm as their favorite.
o 32.1% ranked Robot E, the Surveyor as their second favorite.
o 20.2% ranked Robot D, the Boe-BOT as their third favorite.
o 21.6% ranked the scribbler, Robot G as their fifth favorite and 21.6% ranked the scribbler as their seventh favorite.
o The overall rankings from best to worst: B, E, D, F, G, A, H, C
• Results from the female gender:
o 46.7% ranked Robot B, the Lego Mindstorm as their favorite.
o 33.3% ranked Robot E, the Surveyor as their second favorite.
o 21.5% ranked Robot D, the Boe-BOT as their third favorite.
o 24.2% ranked the Sribbler, Robot G as their fifth favorite.
o The overall rankings from best to worst: B, E, D, H, F & G, A, C

• Those taking the survey were asked which they thought were better. The overall results showed a 50-50 distribution in the preferences and when different ages were looked at, these too, showed a 50-50 distribution. However, the interesting fact came up when the genders were separated. Two-thirds of the men chose the Gyro over the Pleo and two-thirds of the women chose the Pleo over the Gyro.

•Question: When did you first take a computer programming course? Results:
o 5.1% took computer science for the first time before middle school.
o 11.1% took CS for the first time in middle school.
o 31.4% did so for the first time in high school.
o 46.8% took a first computer science in college.
o 5.5% did the same after college.

Re: Results

Thu, 2007-08-02 19:29
Kimberly Blessing (not verified)

Mansi, can you tell us more about the number of respondants and their age/gender? I'm also interested in how old most of the respondants were when they took their first computing course. Great work!

Hi Kimberly, I updated the

Fri, 2007-08-03 11:58

Hi Kimberly,

I updated the blog entry with the results you were interested in, enjoy! :)

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