Deciding to major in computer science: a grounded theory of students' self-assessment of ability

@inproceedings{Lewis2011DecidingTM,
  title={Deciding to major in computer science: a grounded theory of students' self-assessment of ability},
  author={Colleen M. Lewis and Ken Yasuhara and Ruth E. Anderson},
  booktitle={ICER},
  year={2011}
}
There is great interest in understanding and influencing students' attraction to computing-related majors. This qualitative study is based on interviews with 31 students enrolled in introductory programming courses at two public universities in the United States. This paper presents a model of five factors that influence student decisions to major in CS and elaborates on our grounded theory analysis of one of these factors: how students assess their CS-related ability. We describe how students… CONTINUE READING
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