It's not them, it's us! why computer science fails to impress many first years

Rashina Hoda, Peter Andreae

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High attrition and failure in first year computer science and software engineering courses has often been linked to the personal traits and skills of students - dividing the world into those that "get it" and those "that don't". We present several concrete strategies based on the recently developed Learning Edge Momentum (LEM) theory, which when applied together, were found useful in reducing failure rates. Based on the our experiences, we challenge our current understanding of attrition and failure in first year courses and dare to claim that maybe it's not them, it's us that is the problem.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Sixteenth Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE 2014), Auckland, New Zealand, 20-23 January 2014
EditorsJacqueline Whalley, Daryl D'Souza
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781921770319
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventAustralasian Computing Education Conference 2014 - Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 30 Sept 20143 Oct 2014
Conference number: 16th (Proceedings)

Publication series

NameConferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology Series
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
ISSN (Electronic)1445-1336


ConferenceAustralasian Computing Education Conference 2014
Abbreviated titleACE 2014
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand
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  • Attrition and failure rates
  • Computer science
  • First year course
  • LEM theory
  • Software engineering

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