I’m looking forward to heading to Denver next year to present our paper!

Computer Science Education Research Group

To continue our work in exploring collaborative learning activities within Computer Science education, more recently we have been investigating how students feel about collaborative learning activities and their perceptions as to the purpose of those activities within their education. We have just had a paper accepted for next year’s SIGCSE conference on this topic. Interestingly, we found that student’s own perceptions of the purpose of the activity strongly influenced how they approached the activity and whether they felt additional stress or anxiety from having to participate collaboratively. Intuitively this makes sense, but it also corresponds to considerable research within achievement goal theory and self-regulated learning – where students are able to recognise that the purpose of the activity is to encourage their learning and to develop collaborative learning and communication skills, then they are more easily able to embrace the challenges that communication can introduce. Collaboration is more than simply…

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