Questions tagged [student-perceptions]

This tag is for questions that relate to student self-perceptions as well as perceptions in general about the field and individual classes. How do students feel about themselves and what do they believe about themselves and how does that affect their learning? What do they believe about Computer Science that may not be accurate. Questions about overcoming mis-perceptions are welcome here.

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Studying electronics and programming in Austria

I'm planning to start university next year. I'd like to study programming and electronics, and one of the countries I'm considering for my education is Austria. Which university in Austria can you ...
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Why is computer science hard?

Data pretty regularly shows that computer science programs have among the highest failure and dropout rates of any college program. A number of sources all echo the finding that roughly one-third of ...
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Software tool as in Bret Victor's demo

Already last year I encountered the great and it was much needed fresh air (while I was suffocating in my provided "textbooks": cobbled collections of ...
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Classification of programming exercises

I wondered what attempts were made to classify programming exercises for students in their learning path, just like taxonomy in biology. For example : A "concept covered" criteria from generic to ...
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How can we determine which students are a good fit for an educational program?

tl;dr: How should I be thinking about assessing technical experience for admission into an educational program? At my day job, I help run a program that invites undergraduate students to get "real ...
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Methods for engaging students when teaching unpopular or unfashionable topics

The world is full of computing technologies that have been put to productive use but may be unpopular or unfashionable with students today due to their complexity, their lack of support, limited ...
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At what age should someone know what they want to "be"? [closed]

One question that children are often asked is, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" This really means, what employment they would like. This question needs an answer, definitely by the time one ...
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Usefullness of Study Guide

The notion of "Study Guide" was unknown to me before moving to the US (I don't think I was ever given one during my studies in France). I believe that the goal of a study guide is three-fold: To ...
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Is it possible to study too many things in parallel?

Unfortunately I did not study well at school, I was not interested in many things, and I did not understand that things. But I have matured, interests have become more. I am now 20 years old. Now I ...
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How to answer questions about how I became interested in programming?

I teach programming to students seeking employment as programmers who know little or nothing about programming, and I was last employed as a programmer over a decade ago. Sometimes I am asked what got ...
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Finishing College with Employable Skills

Last week, 4 students from another college approached me with a scenario. They have a year of college left in them. That means, they will be occupied with all sorts of final year things that may and ...
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What can the instructor do to overcome the Authenticity Bias in students?

A recent Blog post by Eugene Wallingford raises the issue that students often perform according to their perception of their abilities rather than their actual abilities. If a student performs better ...
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How to overcome the TDD/BDD time fallacy

I've observed an unusual thing happen when teachers try to introduce Test-Driven Development (TDD) or Behavior-Driven Development (BDD) to their classes. Even though the teachers invariably encourage ...
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