CERC PhD Student Forum

The CERC PhD Student Forum is a new group bringing together PhD students working at KCL or QMUL in computing education.The group meets monthly to share ideas and offer support.

Current members are:

  • Alex Hadwen-Bennett, KCL
  • Maria Kallia, KCL
  • Jane Waite, QMUL
  • Mark Dorling, QMUL

We anticipate this group growing as CERC becomes more established. Below is information about some students’ work.

Maria Kallia is working on a project to understand which concepts in computer  programming are particularly difficult and could be identified as “threshold concepts”. The specific aim of this project is to identify threshold concepts in the broad area of functions and procedural abstraction at key stage 4 and 5 computing curriculum and to explore how students can be helped with understanding and mastering these concepts.

Recent publications:

Kallia, M., & Sentance, S. (2017). Computing Teachers’ Perspectives on Threshold Concepts: Functions and Procedural Abstraction. In Proceedings of the 12th Workshop in Primary and Secondary Computing Education: WIPSCE ’17 DOI: 10.1145/3137065.3137085

Kallia, M. (2017). Assessment in Computer Science courses: A Literature Review. Royal Society.

Kallia, M., & Psycharis, S. (2017). The effects of computer programming on high school students’ reasoning skills and mathematical self-efficacy and problem solving. INSTRUCTIONAL SCIENCE, 45(5), 583–602. [45].

For more information see this page.