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Kinnunen, Paivi; Simon, Beth – Computer Science Education, 2012
This article provides insight into how computing majors experience the process of doing programming assignments in their first programming course. This grounded theory study sheds light on the various processes and contexts through which students constantly assess their self-efficacy as a programmer. The data consists of a series of four…
Descriptors: Grounded Theory, Majors (Students), Assignments, Self Efficacy
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Sondergaard, Harald; Mulder, Raoul A. – Computer Science Education, 2012
We examine student peer review, with an emphasis on formative practice and collaborative learning, rather than peer grading. Opportunities to engage students in such formative peer assessment are growing, as a range of online tools become available to manage and simplify the process of administering student peer review. We consider whether…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Peer Evaluation, Formative Evaluation, Intellectual Disciplines
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Boustedt, Jonas – Computer Science Education, 2012
The software industry needs well-trained software designers and one important aspect of software design is the ability to model software designs visually and understand what visual models represent. However, previous research indicates that software design is a difficult task to many students. This article reports empirical findings from a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Computer Software, Computer Science Education, Programming
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Denny, Paul; Cukierman, Diana; Luxton-Reilly, Andrew; Tempero, Ewan – Computer Science Education, 2012
Traditionally, learning resources are created by an instructor and distributed to their students. A contributing-student pedagogy (CSP) is one in which this responsibility shifts, placing students in control of creating the resources and sharing them with their peers. Technology plays a central role in supporting the collection and distribution of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Computer Science Education, Programming, Web 2.0 Technologies
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Herman, Geoffrey L. – Computer Science Education, 2012
In order to maximize the effectiveness of our pedagogies, we must understand how our pedagogies align with prevailing theories of cognition and motivation and design our pedagogies according to this understanding. When implementing Contributing Student Pedagogies (CSPs), students are expected to make meaningful contributions to the learning of…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Learning Motivation, Research Universities, Learner Engagement
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Falkner, Katrina; Falkner, Nickolas J. G. – Computer Science Education, 2012
Contributing student pedagogy (CSP) builds upon social constructivist and community-based learning principles to create engaging and productive learning experiences. What makes CSP different from other, related, learning approaches is that it involves students both learning from and also explicitly valuing the contributions of other students. The…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Computer Science Education, Programming, College Curriculum
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Cajander, Asa; Daniels, Mats; McDermott, Roger – Computer Science Education, 2012
This paper investigates the links between the "contributing student pedagogy" and other forms of peer-mediated learning models, e.g. "open-ended group projects" and "communities of practice." We find that a fundamental concern in each of these models is the attribution of "value"; specifically, recognition…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Distance Education, Information Technology, Socialization
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Al-Saggaf, Yeslam; Burmeister, Oliver K. – Computer Science Education, 2012
This exploratory study compares and contrasts two types of critical thinking techniques; one is a philosophical and the other an applied ethical analysis technique. The two techniques analyse an ethically challenging situation involving ICT that a recent media article raised to demonstrate their ability to develop the ethical analysis skills of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Case Studies, Information Technology, Computer Science Education
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Sanchez, Pablo; Zorrilla, Marta; Duque, Rafael; Nieto-Reyes, Alicia – Computer Science Education, 2011
Models in Software Engineering are considered as abstract representations of software systems. Models highlight relevant details for a certain purpose, whereas irrelevant ones are hidden. Models are supposed to make system comprehension easier by reducing complexity. Therefore, models should play a key role in education, since they would ease the…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Computer Software, Programming, Programming Languages
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Hanks, Brian; Fitzgerald, Sue; McCauley, Renee; Murphy, Laurie; Zander, Carol – Computer Science Education, 2011
This article provides a review of educational research literature focused on pair programming in the undergraduate computer science curriculum. Research suggests that the benefits of pair programming include increased success rates in introductory courses, increased retention in the major, higher quality software, higher student confidence in…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Educational Research, Undergraduate Students, Cooperative Learning
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Sien, Ven Yu – Computer Science Education, 2011
Object-oriented analysis and design (OOAD) is not an easy subject to learn. There are many challenges confronting students when studying OOAD. Students have particular difficulty abstracting real-world problems within the context of OOAD. They are unable to effectively build object-oriented (OO) models from the problem domain because they…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Computer Science Education, Undergraduate Students, Computer Software
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Tekinerdogan, Bedir – Computer Science Education, 2011
Model-driven software development (MDSD) aims to support the development and evolution of software intensive systems using the basic concepts of model, metamodel, and model transformation. In parallel with the ongoing academic research, MDSD is more and more applied in industrial practices. After being accepted both by a broad community of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Computer Software, Graduate Study, Industry
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Cabot, Jordi; Tisi, Massimo – Computer Science Education, 2011
Model-Driven Engineering (MDE) is changing the way we build, operate, and maintain our software-intensive systems. Several projects using MDE practices are reporting significant improvements in quality and performance but, to be able to handle these projects, software engineers need a set of technical and interpersonal skills that are currently…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Computer Science Education, Computer Software, Engineering
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Robins, Anthony – Computer Science Education, 2010
Compared to other subjects, the typical introductory programming (CS1) course has higher than usual rates of both failing and high grades, creating a characteristic bimodal grade distribution. In this article, I explore two possible explanations. The conventional explanation has been that learners naturally fall into populations of programmers and…
Descriptors: Programming, Learning Processes, Grading, Simulation
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Spradling, Carol; Soh, Leen-Kiat; Ansorge, Charles J. – Computer Science Education, 2009
A national web-based survey was administered to 700 undergraduate computer science (CS) programs in the United States as part of a stratified random sample of 797 undergraduate CS programs. The 251 program responses (36% response rate) regarding social and professional issues are presented. This article describes the demographics of the…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Guidelines, Teacher Attitudes, Curriculum Design
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