James Stanier and I are recent graduates from the University of
Sussex, now researching compiler design and running a peer learning
programme respectively. We've both taught Java to students, are
interested in computer science education the psychology of programming
and have recently been introduced to this list.
We're presently thinking of running a study of students' experiences
of computer science education over time. Our speculation is that
practical courses have an immediate return but will be considered less
valuable in the long term, whereas more theoretical courses, which may
not be as immediately gratifying, take longer to payoff.
We're doing pilot interviews to gauge students' feelings on the matter
and wondering if anyone knows of research of this type that's been
done before, or of any related literature that touches on this matter?
University of Sussex