Same Issues Same Challenges
Judith Gal-Ezer, The Open University of Israel
In 2006 I was awarded the SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education—a milestone in my professional career. In my keynote presentation
I thanked my family, teachers, colleagues, and university.
From a professional perspective, I mentioned issues that
were challenging at the time, among them:
• placing computer science on a par with other sciences
within school systems,
• increasing the number of women interested in computing
• recruiting well-educated, enthusiastic teachers certified to
teach the discipline.
If we look around today, we can observe that indeed some
progress has been made, yet we are still confronting the same
My first SIGCSE conference was in February 1993 in Indianapolis. The Technical Symposium was co-located with the
ACM conference. I was there to attend the ACM conference,
where my friend and colleague David Harel was awarded the
Karl Karlstrom Award for his outstanding contribution to
Computer Science Education. At that time, we had finished
designing the computer science high-school curriculum and
started its pilot program. During these years I became involved in computer science school education research. This is
the year when I became acquainted with SIGCSE, and got to
know my current friends and colleagues, who are too numerous to mention.
This was no doubt a milestone in my professional career, and
since then I have attended almost every Technical Symposium
on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE).