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ERIC Number: EJ799239
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0267-1522
Switched Off? A Study of Disengagement among Computing Students at Two Universities
Hockings, Christine; Cooke, Sandra; Yamashita, Hiromi; McGinty, Samantha; Bowl, Marion
Research Papers in Education, v23 n2 p191-201 Jun 2008
We explore the conditions under which students engage with, or disengage from, learning at university within the context of increased student diversity. We discuss the concept and use of academic engagement and disengagement but focus on the dynamics of disengagement in two comparable first year computing modules at a pre- and a post-1992 university. The findings from this study suggest that there are many periods in which the learning and teaching environment, pedagogy and/or content do not academically engage the diverse interests and meet the needs of the range of students represented. Drawing upon this analysis, the reflections of participating teachers and interviews with their students, we consider what might be done to increase and widen academic engagement in the computing classroom. We conclude by drawing out some of the tentative implications that might be useful to explore in other universities. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)