Resilience and effective learning in first year undergraduate computer science

Prickett, Tom, Harvey, Morgan, Walters, Julie, Yang, Longzhi and Crick, Tom (2020) Resilience and effective learning in first year undergraduate computer science. In: Proceedings of Trondheim 2020: ACM Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE),. ACM, Trondheim. ISBN 9781450399999 (In Press)

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Many factors have been shown to be important for supporting effective learning and teaching – and thus progression and success – in higher education. While factors such as key introductory-level (CS1) knowledge and skills, as well as pre-university learning and qualifications, have been extensively explored, the impact of measures of positive psychology are less well understood for the discipline of computer science. University study can be a period of significant
transition for many students; therefore an individual’s positive psychology may have considerable impact upon their response to these challenges. This work investigates the relationships between effective learning and success (first year performance and attendance) and two measures of positive psychology: Grit and the Nicolson McBride Resilience Quotient (NMRQ). Data was captured by integrating Grit (n=58) and Resilience (n=50) questionnaires and related coaching into the first year of the undergraduate computer science programme at a single UK university. Analyses demonstrate that NMRQ is significantly linked
to attendance and performance for individual subjects and year average marks; however, this was not the case for Grit. This suggests that development of targeted interventions to support students in further developing their resilience could support their learning, as well as progression and retention. Resilience could be used, in concert with other factors such as learning analytics, to augment a range of existing models to predict future student success, allowing
targeted academic and pastoral support.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Resilience, Effective learning, Progression, Success, Learning analytics
Subjects: G400 Computer Science
X300 Academic studies in Education
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer and Information Sciences
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Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2020 11:48
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2020 12:00

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