Comparing international indicators of student engagement for computer science

Matthew Butler, Michael Morgan, Jane Sinclair, Sara Kalvala

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    This paper investigates the design, structure and results produced by several widely used international surveys of student engagement, with specific regard to their validity in the Computer Science (CS) context. Of particular interest is the way that different survey instruments measure the multi-dimensional concept of 'student engagement'. By comparing the performance of CS in several contexts, key issues emerge regarding the impact of instrument design on results, how these results should be interpreted and if these results can actually be used to improve course delivery. The results highlight the need for reliable instruments that produce a clear and accurate picture of student engagement in specific disciplines, such as CS. This may lead to the design of more appropriate engagement measures for the CS context which can facilitate a more effective evidence-based response to any significant issues that may exist. It may also allow a more positive view to emerge of CS than is portrayed by current indicators.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEighteenth Australasian Computing Education Conference, Canberra, Australia, 2-5 February 2016
    Subtitle of host publication[part of the] Australasian Computer Science Week (ACSW 2016) [proceedings]
    Place of PublicationNew York, NY
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Electronic)9781450340427
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2016
    EventAustralasian Computing Education Conference 2016 - Canberra, Australia
    Duration: 2 Feb 20165 Feb 2016
    Conference number: 18th


    ConferenceAustralasian Computing Education Conference 2016
    Abbreviated titleACE 2016
    OtherACE is held in conjunction with Australasian Computer Science Week (ACSW).
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    • Student experience
    • CS
    • International measures

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