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tonyclearIntroductory Programming and Educational Performance Indicators - a Mismatch

Weds 8th October, 3:30pm

Introductory programming courses are known worldwide to pose challenges for both students and educators.  A recent meta-review of research in the area has indicated something in the order of a sixty six percent pass rate globally.  Yet the New Zealand Government has asked institutions to set high and increasing targets as a goal for student pass rates in its educational performance indicators.  Increasingly these metrics are being used to shape the behaviour and educational outcomes sought from educational institutions, with the threat of penalties by way of loss of funding for supposedly “poorly performing courses”.  Yet while focused at the institutional level, how do these indicators really meet the needs of all the stakeholders in the tertiary education system?  To what extent do they distort and create incentives for perverse behaviours?  This review assesses the dilemmas such measurement systems pose to educators using the case of introductory programming as an example.


About Alison Clear

Alison Clear is an Associate Professor and site coordinator at EIT’s Auckland campus.  She was previously Head of Department at CPIT and before that at Unitec.  Alison is a member of the ACM Education Council, an elected member of the ACM Special Interest Group, Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) and co-chair of CITRENZ.  Her research interests include Women in Computing and she has successfully chaired the first two Australasian Women in Computing conferences.  Alison is the only fellow of both IITP and CITRENZ.

About Tony Clear

Tony Clear is Associate Dean Research with the Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies at Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand.  His research interests are in Global Software Development, Collaborative Computing, Global Virtual Teams, and Computer Science Education Research.