Computer Science Attitudes in First Generation College Students (PO293)

  • PMD: 8
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 5: Promoting Academic Success
  • Live Chat:
    Wednesday, February 24, 2021
    12:45 PM–1:30 PM
    (Posters available on demand at any time during the convention week and for sixty days thereafter.)

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. understand first generation college students' attitudes towards computer science.
  2. understand differences between first generation and non-first generation college students' attitudes.
  3. understand how to better support first generation college students in STEM courses.


This study examines the attitudes of first-generation college students (FGCS) towards computer science (CS). It focuses on student interest, confidence, and perceived usefulness of CS, and study results can help school psychologists and educators understand the factors that can determine whether FGCS succeed in the CS field. Study results may be of interest to practitioners working in secondary schools and those with an interest in issues of equity and diversity in STEM.



Mateo A. Mayorga, California State University, East Bay
Ava R. Lynn, San Francisco State University
Venus S. Perez, San Francisco State University
Novia Tjiptamustika, San Francisco State University


Shasta M. Ihorn

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