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The role of students' identity development in higher education in computing
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology, Division of Computer Systems. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology, Computational Science. (UpCERG)
2014 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Higher Education Research in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) indicates that students are not well supported in the process of integrating their educational experience with their perception of who they are and want to become. This is associated with drop-out and also has consequences for student learning. Here, learning is defined in the broad sense of personal and professional development.

This thesis presents results from a research project that explores students' identity development during their first three years of studies. The analysis and results build on interview and essay data collected during a longitudinal study of students in two study programmes at Uppsala University, Computer and Information Engineering (IT) and Computer Science (CS). The main body of data analysed for this thesis was collected from the students at the beginning and end of their first study year.

A research framework to study identity has been developed. The notion of identity used in this work has been inspired by Lave and Wenger's social theory of learning, and theory of situated learning. Identity, in this work, refers to students' histories of experiences with a focus on how they negotiate meaning within the discipline of CS/IT.

The results describe aspects of CS/IT students' identities and provide a basis from which to discuss the implications of identity for learning and education, as well as to reason about how identity development can be supported in CS/IT education.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala University, 2014.
Series
Information technology licentiate theses: Licentiate theses from the Department of Information Technology, ISSN 1404-5117 ; 2014-004
National Category
Computer Science Educational Sciences
Research subject
Computer Science with specialization in Computer Science Education Research
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-224666OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-224666DiVA: diva2:717705
Presentation
2014-04-25, Room 2446, Polacksbacken, Lägerhyddsvägen 2, Uppsala, 13:15 (English)
Supervisors
Available from: 2014-04-25 Created: 2014-05-16 Last updated: 2017-08-31Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. Students' experiences and attitudes towards learning Computer Science
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Students' experiences and attitudes towards learning Computer Science
2012 (English)In: Proc. 42nd ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Piscataway, NJ: IEEE , 2012, 88-93 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Piscataway, NJ: IEEE, 2012
National Category
Computer Science Educational Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-184605 (URN)10.1109/FIE.2012.6462238 (DOI)000356489200033 ()978-1-4673-1353-7 (ISBN)
Available from: 2012-10-06 Created: 2012-11-09 Last updated: 2017-10-16Bibliographically approved
2. Engagement in Computer Science and IT — What!: A matter of identity?
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Engagement in Computer Science and IT — What!: A matter of identity?
2013 (English)In: Proc. 1st International Conference on Learning and Teaching in Computing and Engineering, Los Alamitos, CA: IEEE Computer Society, 2013, 114-121 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Los Alamitos, CA: IEEE Computer Society, 2013
National Category
Computer Science Educational Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-202686 (URN)10.1109/LaTiCE.2013.42 (DOI)000324484000016 ()978-1-4673-5627-5 (ISBN)
Conference
LaTiCE 2013
Available from: 2013-06-22 Created: 2013-06-25 Last updated: 2017-10-16Bibliographically approved
3. First year Computer Science and IT students' experience of participation in the discipline
Open this publication in new window or tab >>First year Computer Science and IT students' experience of participation in the discipline
2014 (English)In: Proc. 2nd International Conference on Learning and Teaching in Computing and Engineering, Los Alamitos, CA: IEEE Computer Society, 2014, 1-8 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Los Alamitos, CA: IEEE Computer Society, 2014
National Category
Computer Science Educational Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-224653 (URN)10.1109/LaTiCE.2014.9 (DOI)000355978500001 ()978-1-4799-3591-8 (ISBN)
Conference
LaTiCE 2014
Available from: 2014-06-10 Created: 2014-05-16 Last updated: 2017-10-16Bibliographically approved

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