Computing Education

Computing Education shares many of the same challenges of general education but it also has a few unique challenges which the researchers in this area are exploring through a range of funded projects and collaborative national and international projects. 
 
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  • CfE Transitions Project
    To explore the impact of the Curriculum for Excellence on the transition from school to university for undergraduate computing students. It will compare the September 2015 School of Computing intake from Scottish schools (the final cohort with pre-CfE experience and qualifications) with the...
  • Work Experience Joint Study
    The Work Experience Joint Study investigates computing students’ experiences of getting and completing placements, internships, and other work experience. The aim of the research is to explore student self-identity and identity adaptation among diverse students in two UK universities, with a view...
  • Graduate Outcomes (GO)
    This short project investigates the impacts of student placements from the perspectives of computing graduates, in Scotland. The aim is to gather graduate perspectives on: the impact of work experience on people’s work and working life since graduation;the placement process, with hindsight;the...
  • Associate Student Project
    Associate Students study at college (e.g. for an HND), then enter university directly into 3rd year. They are given access to university resources and academic support during their college years. The ASP team are working with partner colleges to improve students' transition from college to...
  • GEP Identity
    To explore the outcomes of 2012 to 2015 Graduate Employability Project, within a theoretical framework focused on identity theory.
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Contact linked in profile of Computing Education web page for Computing Education



s.smith@napier.ac.uk

+44 (0)131 455 2742

Room C66
Merchiston Campus
10 Colinton Road
Edinburgh
EH10 5DT

Selected Publications

Smith, S. (2016). An Exploration of Professional Identity in the Information Technology Sector (Doctor of Business Administration). Edinburgh Napier University (MacKerron, G., Ellis, V.).

Smith, S., Smith, C., Taylor-Smith, E., Fotheringham, J., Dencer-Brown, I. (2016, June). Exploring student identity through a university-wide graduate employability initiative. Paper presented at WACE International Research Symposium, Victoria, Canada.

Smith, C., Smith, S. (2016, September). Matching and mismatch: understanding employer expectations of work placement applicants. Paper presented at ACEN, Sydney, Australia.

Cruickshank, P. (2016). The perceptions of postgraduate international students of examinations. Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, In press, (), .

Ramirez, N., Smith, S., Smith, C., Berg, T., Strubel, B., Main, J., Ohland, M. (2016). From Interest to Decision: A Comparative Exploration of Student Attitudes and Pathways to Co-op Programs in the United States and the United Kingdom. International Journal of Engineering Education, , (), .

Helgason, I., Petre, M., Linden, J., Dalton, N. (2016). Block 4: Evaluation, TM356 Interaction Design and the User Experience ( ed.). Milton Keynes, United Kingdom.: . The Open University.