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Factors Affecting the Adoption of Peer Instruction in Computing Courses

Bouvier, Dennis, Lovellette, Ellie, Matta, John, Bai, Jing, Chetty, Jacqueline, Kurkovsky, Stanislav, Wan, Jia (2019) Factors Affecting the Adoption of Peer Instruction in Computing Courses. In: CompEd-WGR '19: Proceedings of the Working Group Reports on Global Computing Education. . 1 -25. Association of Computing Machinery ISBN 978-1-4503-7086-8. (doi:10.1145/3372262.3375396) (KAR id:79481)


Peer Instruction (PI) as defined by Mazur, and variations on this pedagogic technique, have been in use in computing courses for about a decade. Despite dozens of educational research publications documenting positive learning effects, improved retention, student acceptance, and effectiveness for large classes; PI does not appear to be widely adopted for computing courses. This paper reports on a three-way investigation into this apparent contradiction. First, the authors reflect on their own adoption, practice, experience, and abandonment of the use of PI in computing courses. Second, we surveyed the literature regarding the use of PI in computing courses and present a summary of the research findings, variations, and extensions to PI used in computing courses. Third, a survey of computing instructors was conducted to gauge the attitude toward PI in computing courses. To add context, this report considers publications documenting usage of PI in STEM courses, and the adoption of other pedagogic techniques in computing. Particular effort was made to identify the reasons computing instructors don’t adopt PI. This report also includes advice to instructors considering adopting PI in computing courses.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Proceeding)
DOI/Identification number: 10.1145/3372262.3375396
Uncontrolled keywords: Peer Instruction, education
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences > School of Computing
Depositing User: Jacqueline Chetty
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2020 12:39 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2022 05:30 UTC
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Chetty, Jacqueline.

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