Using Peer-Led Team Learning to Increase Participation and Success of Under-represented Groups in Introductory Computer Science

Susan Horwitz and Susan Rodger

This paper describes the implementation and evaluation of a program that uses active recruiting and peer-led team learning to try to increase the participation and success of women and minority students in undergraduate computer science. These strategies were applied at eight universities starting in the fall of 2004. There have been some impressive results:

Keywords: women in computer science, under-represented groups, peer- led team learning, PLTL, ESP, inclusion, introductory computer science course