Factors for Enabling Effective Student Learning within English Colleges: The Case of Computing

Allison, Jordan ORCID: 0000-0001-8513-4646 (2023) Factors for Enabling Effective Student Learning within English Colleges: The Case of Computing. PRACTICE Contemporary Issues in Practitioner Education, 5 (2). pp. 128-143. doi:10.1080/25783858.2023.2198143

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The development of computing as a subject area and the skills gaps present in society has placed an increased emphasis on the teaching of computing and what practices enable effective student learning. Within England, colleges have been described as pivotal in addressing these skills gaps, but there is a lack of computing education research within a college setting. This paper therefore aims to answer the following research question: How are computing educators within English colleges enabling effective student learning for computing? Through conducting 24 semi-structured interviews with computing educators from 13 English colleges, six themes were identified which include having staff who care, building a positive relationship with students, developing student soft skills, challenging current practice, putting an emphasis on students, and other teaching tips. This paper augments findings of good practice that have been found in other educational settings such as the use of unplugged activities, flipped learning, and pair programming, but in the unique context of teaching computing within English colleges. Furthermore, this paper more explicitly contributes to knowledge and practice through detailing how a focus on student needs is deemed more important for enabling effective student learning for computing than the choice of curriculum or available resources.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Computing education; computing pedagogy; further education; student learning and development
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business, Computing and Social Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business & Technology
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2023 11:06
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2024 17:00
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/12594

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