Until now, limited data were available about U.S. students' early exposure to computer science -- and to opportunities that could influence whether they studied computer science or pursued careers in this field. To fill this crucial gap, Google commissioned Gallup to conduct a comprehensive research effort to better understand these factors among U.S. students.
This new research study builds on ideas from Google's 2014 publication, Women Who Choose Computer Science -- What Really Matters, which examined the factors that influence women to choose to pursue computer science.
In its first year, the new study examines perceptions about the value of computer science among key stakeholders in K-12 education and evaluates opportunities for students to become more involved in computer science before college.
Searching for Computer Science, a report of key findings from the first year of this research study, focuses on the issues of access and barriers to computer science education. Images of Computer Science, another report of key findings from this research study, examines perceptions of the value of computer science among key stakeholders in K-12 education and evaluates the opportunities for students to become more involved in computer science before college.
In addition, the study produced individual summary reports on principals' input for 11 states with sufficient principal responses. These reports cover perceptions, opportunities and participation, as well as support and infrastructure among K-12 school principals.
About the Study
- Gallup interviewed nationally representative samples of 1,673 seventh- to 12th-grade students, 1,685 parents of seventh- to 12th-grade students and 1,013 first- to 12th-grade teachers via telephone in November and December 2014.
- Gallup also surveyed a sample of 9,693 K-12 principals and 1,865 school district superintendents in the U.S. via the Web. These groups are not representative of all principals and superintendents in the U.S.