CCSE Reading Group: Computer education theories: What are they and how are they used?

Published: 25 October 2021

Steve leads a discussion on the award winning Malmi et al. paper: Computer education theories: What are they and how are they used?

DATE: 25th October 2021
TIME: 13:00-14:00
LOCATION: CCSE Online Seminar Room

This paper won the best paper award at ICER19 jointly with another one. It is only 8 pages long (plus 3 pages of references), so it is not difficult to read it all, but you may well find you can read less than all of it in order to decide on your provisional answers to the questions I propose for discussion, but if you don't spend some time on it you won't understand the discussion. 

My discussion questions are:

1) Did you, personally, find the paper useful to read?

    Was the conference right to give it a prize?

               a) If so then why?

               b) If not then why not?

2) Wim and Waqar have both expressed a strong desire to promote new learning topics and aims into either or all of: CS research or CS education research or the CS curriculum e.g. greater access to CSE for women, those who can't afford university, designing for low carbon computing, sustainable computing.

    Is the Malmi paper deficient because it doesn't have a place for debates on what SHOULD be taught or researched?

3) Does the Malmi paper have a good idea of what (CSE) theories are?

    Or is its view of theory lacking?

    If so, then in what way in your opinion?

First published: 25 October 2021