Computer Science Identity and its Influence in Developing Programming Skills


Yordanos Mogos

Oral Defence Date: 

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 13:30


TH 434


Prof. Ilmi Yoon and Assistant Prof. Anagha Kulkarni


The primary objective of this study is to explore the ways in which Computer Science Identity can be recognized and studied in computer science education. Following many studies done on Science Identity, the aim is to address the reasons for low engagement and lack of diversity in Computing through studying the attachment of the students with the field. An interactionist approach; one that examines the person in interaction within their environment (Adams & Marshall, 1996) and Wenger’s social theory of learning are used to frame three constructs to collect data through survey : students interest in CS(pre Science exposure), Students performance and competence(during CS exposure), and Students aspiration within the tech field. The survey data explores the CS identity of Computer Science Majors and PINC (CS Minoring) students at SFSU. A comparison between these two groups of students is presented on the findings of the constructs.

Yordanos Mogos

Computer Science Identity, Computing Education, CS Environment's influence, CS Identity formation, CS Identity development