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Some thoughts on SIGCSE 2004


Nathan Rountree, Department of Computer Science.


Archway 2 - Friday 10 September, 13:00


Earlier this year I attended the annual symposium of the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE). With over 2500 members (about half of whom attended the 2004 symposium) SIGCSE is now the sixth largest ACM SIG, and has been going for 35 years. The presentations ranged from "Nifty Assignments" to "Incorporating Writing into the CS Curriculum" to "New Curricular Directions". In this talk I'll try to summarise what went on at SIGCSE 2004, and attempt to explain where SIGCSE seems to be going and why you might consider contributing to it.

I'll also present material from the panel that I was on, whose topic was "Predictors of Success in Studying CS". All members of the panel had recently published studies of how strongly students' backgrounds / personalities / other features related to their likelihood of passing (or failing) a CS1 paper. The results of these studies caused some lively debate at the conference; perhaps they will here, too.

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