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  1. During the emergence of Data Science as a distinct discipline, discussions of what exactly constitutes Data Science have been a source of contention, with no clear resolution. These disagreements have been exacerbated by the lack of a clear single disciplinary 'parent.' Many early efforts at defining curricula and courses exist, with the EDISON Project's Data Science Framework (EDISON-DSF) from the European Union being the most complete. The EDISON-DSF includes both a Data Science Body of Knowledge (DS-BoK) and Competency Framework (CF-DS). This paper takes a critical look at how EDISON's CF-DS compares to recent work and other published curricularmore »or course materials. We identify areas of strong agreement and disagreement with the framework. Results from the literature analysis provide strong insights into what topics the broader community see as belonging in (or not in) Data Science, both at curricular and course levels. This analysis can provide important guidance for groups working to formalize the discipline and any college or university looking to build their own undergraduate Data Science degree or programs.

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  2. Web-browsing histories, online newspapers, streaming music, and stock prices all show that we live in an age of data. Extracting meaning from data is necessary in many fields to comprehend the information flow. This need has fueled rapid growth in data science education aiming to serve the next generation of policy makers, data science researchers, and global citizens. Initially, teaching practices have been drawn from data science's parent disciplines (e.g., computer science and mathematics). This project addresses the early stages of developing a concept inventory of student difficulty within the newly emerging field of data science. In particular this projectmore »will address three primary research objectives: (1) identify student misconceptions in data science courses; (2) document students’ prior knowledge and identify courses that teach early data science concepts; and (3) confirm expert identification of data science concepts, and their importance for introductory-level data science curricula. During the first year of this grant, we have collected approximately 200 responses for a survey to confirm concepts from an existing body of knowledge presented by the Edison Project. Survey respondents are comprised of faculty and industry practitioners within data science and closely related fields. Preliminary analysis of these results will be presented with respect to our third research objective. In addition, we developed and launched a pilot assessment for identifying student difficulties within data science courses. The protocol includes regular responses to reflective questions by faculty, teaching assistants, and students from selected data science courses offered at the three participating institutions. Preliminary analyses will be presented along with implications for future data collection in year two of the project. In addition to the anticipated results, we expect that the data collection and analysis methodologies will be of interest to many scholars who have or will engage in discipline-based educational research.« less
  3. A report summarizing the “Keeping Data Science Broad” series including data science challenges, visions for the future, and community asks. The goal of the Keeping Data Science Broad series was to garner community input into pathways for keeping data science education broadly inclusive across sectors, institutions, and populations. Input was collected from a community input survey, three webinars (Data Science in the Traditional Context, Alternative Avenues for Development of Data Science Education Capacity, and Big Picture for a Big Data Science Education Network available to view through the South Big Data Hub YouTube channel) and an interactive workshop (Negotiating themore »Digital and Data Divide). Through these venues, we explore the future of data science education and workforce at institutions of higher learning that are primarily teaching-focused. The workshop included representatives from sixty data science programs across the nation, either traditional or alternative, and from a range of institution types including community colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI’s), other minority-led and minority-serving institutions, liberal arts colleges, tribal colleges, universities, and industry partners.« less