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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  • Graduate Outcomes (GO)
    This study 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...
  • e-Placement Scotland
    The project aims to create 1500 paid placement opportunities for computing students studying in any Scottish university or college over the 5 year project. We are also researching student, graduate and employer perspectives on work placements.
  • Skills Development Scotland GLAs
  • 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...
  • Graduate Level Apprenticeships (SD, ITMB & Cyber- Cohort1)
    Evaluate the impacts and processes of the new Graduate Level Apprenticeship programmes in the School of Computing Measure the extent to which the intervention has met its various aims;Identify impacts on student participants;Identify outcomes for other stakeholders (e.g.
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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.

Taylor-Smith, E., Smith, S., Smith, C. (2017, ). Placement or practicalities? Barriers and disincentives to work experience, as reported by computing students. Paper presented at Society for Research into Higher Education Annual Conference, Newport, Wales.

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, , (), .