Computer Science Attitudes in First Generation College Students


  • Mateo Mayorga, Graduate Student, CSU, East Bay
  • Shasta Ihorn, Assistant Professor, San Francisco State University
  • Ava Lynn, Student, San Francisco State University
  • Venus Perez, Graduate Student, Alliant International University
  • Novia Tjiptamustika, Student, San Francisco State University


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.

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