Päivi Kinnunen

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This study focuses on CS minor students' decisions to drop out from the CS1 course. The high level of drop out percentage has been a problem at Helsinki University of Technology for many years. This course has yearly enrolment of 500-600 students and the drop out percentage has varied from 30-50 percents.Since we did not have clear picture of drop out(More)
The aims of this work were to develop a high-rate fluidized-bed bioprocess for ferric sulfate production, to characterize biomass retention, and to determine the phylogeny of the enrichment culture. After 7 months of continuous enrichment and air aeration at 37 degrees C, the iron oxidation rate of 8.2 g Fe(2+) L(-1)h(-1) (4.5.10(-12) g Fe(2+) cell(-1)(More)
This paper discusses the results of a Grounded Theory study on students experience with introductory programming assignments in the light of social cognitive theory. In previous studies we have found CS majors experienced the process of doing CS1 programming assignments in different ways; but they universally made programming-related self-efficacy(More)
Previous reports of a media computation approach to teaching programming have either focused on pre-CS1 courses or courses for non-majors. We report the adoption of a media computation context in a majors' CS1 course at a large, selective R1 institution in the U.S. The main goal was to increase retention of majors, but do so by replacing the traditional CS1(More)
Automated assessment systems are gaining popularity within computer programming courses. In this paper we perform an empirical evaluation of Mooshak, an online judge that verifies program correctness, in order to determine its usefulness in classroom settings. In particular, we provide a detailed study on how students use the tool, analyze their opinions(More)
We describe an implementation of an introductory programming course using the seven steps method of problem-based learning (PBL). In that method students working in small groups learn programming by trying to make sense of complex real-world problems, so-called cases. We outline the organization of the course and give examples of possible cases. We then(More)
In this paper we present a phenomenographic analysis of computer science instructors' perceptions of student success. The factors instructors believe influence student success fell into five categories which were related to: 1) the subject being taught, 2) intrinsic characteristics of the student, 3) student background, 4) student attitudes and behaviour(More)
We analyze the Computing Education Research (CER) literature to discover what theories, conceptual models and frameworks recent CER builds on. This gives rise to a broad understanding of the theoretical basis of CER that is useful for researchers working in that area, and has the potential to help CER develop its own identity as an independent field of(More)