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  • An analysis of pupil concerns regarding transition into higher education. 

    Zarb, Mark; Siegel, Angela A. (Springer https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-97934-2_1, 2018-08-04)
    ZARB, M. and SIEGEL, A.A. 2018. An analysis of pupil concerns regarding transition into higher education. In Cristea, A., Bittencourt, I.I. and Lima, F. (eds.) Communications in computer and information science, 832. Higher education for all: from challenged to novel technology-enhanced solutions; revised selected papers from the 1st International workshop on social, semantic, adaptive and gamification techniques and technologies for distance learning (HEFA 2017), 20-24 March 2017, Maceió, Brazil. Cham: Springer [online], pages 3-16. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-97934-2_1
    Transitioning to higher education is often a stressful experience, with incoming students facing similar issues year after year. This chapter presents two years of data collection regarding the concerns of Computing secondary ...
  • An analysis of user engagement in relation to computing workshop activities. 

    Menzies, Rachel; Crabb, Michael; Herron, Daniel; Petrie, Karen; Stewart, Craig; Zarb, Mark (ACM https://doi.org/10.1145/2676723.2677272, 2015-02-24)
    MENZIES, R., CRABB, M., HERRON, D., PETRIE, K., STEWART, C. and ZARB, M. 2015. An analysis of user engagement in relation to computing workshop activities. In Proceedings of the 46th ACM technical symposium on computer science education (SIGCSE'15), 4 -7 March 2015, Kansas City, USA. New York: ACM [online], pages 469-474. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1145/2676723.2677272.
    Computing is now one of the fastest growing fields of employment, with a large bias placed on developing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education in schools. However, due to the fast pace of ...
  • Breaking the communication barrier: guidelines to aid communication within pair programming. 

    Zarb, Mark; Hughes, Janet (Taylor and Francis https://doi.org/10.1080/08993408.2015.1033125, 2015-04-23)
    ZARB, M. and HUGHES, J. 2015. Breaking the communication barrier: guidelines to aid communication within pair programming. Computer science education [online], 25(2), pages 120-151. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1080/08993408.2015.1033125.
    Pair programming is a software development technique with many cited benefits in learning and teaching. However, it is reported that novice programmers find several barriers to pairing up, typically due to the added ...
  • A case study of Facebook use: outlinging a multi-layer strategy for higher education. 

    Menzies, Rachel; Petrie, Karen; Zarb, Mark (Springer https://doi.org/10.1007/s10639-015-9436-y, 2015-09-09)
    MENZIES, R., PETRIE, K. and ZARB, M. 2017. A case study of Facebook use: outlining a multi-layer strategy for higher education. Education and information technologies [online], 22(1), pages 39-53. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10639-015-9436-y.
    Facebook is one of the largest social networking sites, with over 1.23 billion users. Many students use Facebook as a platform to enhance their learning experience. A growing body of literature reports on the motivation ...
  • Evaluating industry-inspired pair programming communication guidelines with undergraduate students. 

    Zarb, Mark; Hughes, Janet; Richards, John (ACM https://doi.org/10.1145/2539962.2538980, 2014-03-05)
    ZARB, M., HUGHES, J. and RICHARDS, J. 2014. Evaluating industry-inspired pair programming communication guidelines with undergraduate students. In Proceedings of the 45th ACM technical symposium on computer science education (SIGCSE 2014), 5 - 8 March 2014, Atlanta, USA. New York: ACM [online], pages 361-366. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1145/2539962.2538980.
    A set of industry-inspired pair programming guidelines have been derived from qualitative examinations of expert pairs in order to aid novice programmers with their intra-pair communication. This research describes the ...
  • Further evaluations of industry-inspired pair programming communication guidelines with undergraduate students. 

    Zarb, Mark; Hughes, Janet; Richards, John (ACM https://doi.org/10.1145/2676723.2677241, 2015-02-24)
    ZARB, M., HUGHES, J. and RICHARDS, J. 2015. Further evaluations of industry-inspired pair programming communication guidelines with undergraduate students. In Proceedings of the 46th ACM technical symposium on computer science education (SIGCSE 2015): keep connected, keep committed, keep computing, 4 - 7 March 2015, Kansas City, USA. New York: ACM [online], pages 314-319. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1145/2676723.2677241.
    Pair programming has several benefits when it is successfully used by students and experts alike. However, research shows that novice pairs find the necessary pair communication to be one of the main challenges in adopting ...
  • An international investigation into student concerns regarding transition into higher education. 

    Zarb, Mark; Abandoh-Sam, Joseph A.; Alshaigy, Bedour; Bouvier, Dennis; Glassey, Richard; Hughes, Janet; Riedesel, Charles (ACM https://doi.org/10.1145/3197091.3205842, 2018-07-02)
    ZARB, M., ABANDOH-SAM, J.A., ALSHAIGY, B., BOUVIER, D., GLASSEY, R., HUGHES, J. and RIEDESEL, C. 2018. An international investigation into student concerns regarding transition into higher education. In Proceedings of the 23rd Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) innovation and technology in computer science education annual conference (ITiCSE 2018), 2-4 July 2018, Larnacs, Cyprus. New York: ACM [online], pages 344-345. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3197091.3205842
    The experience of transitioning into and starting higher education is a very individual one, with some applicants viewing the prospect of higher education as an unknown entity; for those who are first in their family or ...
  • Medical students opinions on the inclusion of non-traditional skills in the curriculum. 

    Brady, Chevonne; Zarb, Mark (Allied Business Academies https://www.abacademies.org/articles/medical-students-opinions-on-the-inclusion-of-nontraditional-skills-in-the-curriculum-7099.html, 2018-04-04)
    BRADY, C. and ZARB, M. 2018. Medical students opinions on the inclusion of non-traditional skills in the curriculum. Journal of entrepreneurship education [online], 21(2), article ID 152. Available from: https://www.abacademies.org/articles/medical-students-opinions-on-the-inclusion-of-nontraditional-skills-in-the-curriculum-7099.html
    Background: Up to 50% of foundation year 2 doctors do not proceed directly into speciality training. This change in direction of our profession places increasing demands on an already stretched NHS. In the UK, medical ...
  • Motivation, optimal experience and flow in first year computing science. 

    McDermott, Roger; Zarb, Mark; Daniels, Mats; Cajander, Asa; Clear, Tony (ACM http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2899415.2899474, 2016-07-11)
    MCDERMOTT, R., ZARB, M., DANIELS, M., CAJANDER, A. and CLEAR, T. 2016. Motivation, optimal experience and flow in first year computing science. In the Proceedings of the 2016 ACM conference on innovation and technology in computer science education (ITiCSE '16), 9-13 July 2016, Arequipa, Peru. New York: ACM [online], pages 206-211. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2899415.2899474
    We examine the concept of motivation from the perspective of Self Determination Theory and give a brief overview of relevant results. We also consider the optimal state known as "Flow" and give an account of its conceptualisation ...
  • Non-traditional skills in undergraduate medical education: the development of a teaching programme. 

    Brady, Chevonne; Zarb, Mark (Sage https://doi.org/10.1177/0036933018776837, 2018-05-27)
    BRADY, C. and ZARB, M. 2018. Non-traditional skills in undergraduate medical education: the development of a teaching programme. Scottish medical journal [online], 63(3), pages 80-81. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1177/0036933018776837
    As a junior doctor in what is an increasingly struggling healthcare system, I am concerned to see that many of my junior and senior colleagues have opted not to continue onto the next stage of training. Whilst entrepreneurship, ...
  • Novice programmers and the problem description effect. 

    Bouvier, Dennis; Lovellette, Ellie; Matta, John; Alshaigy, Bedour; Becker, Brett A.; Craig, Michelle; Jackova, Jana; McCartney, Robert; Sanders, Kate; Zarb, Mark (ACM https://doi.org/10.1145/3024906.3024912, 2016-07-09)
    BOUVIER, D., LOVELLETTE, E., MATTA, J., ALSHAIGY, B., BECKER, B.A., CRAIG, M., JACKOVA, J., MCCARTNEY, R., SANDERS, K. and ZARB, M. 2016. Novice programmers and the problem description effect. In Proceedings of the Innovation and technology in computer science education on working group reports (ITiCSE-WGR '16), 9 - 13 July 2016, Arequipa, Peru. New York: ACM [online], pages 103-118. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1145/3024906.3024912.
    It is often debated whether a problem presented in a straightforward minimalist fashion is better, or worse, for learning than the same problem presented with a "real-life" or "concrete" context. The presentation, ...
  • Student concerns regarding transition into higher education CS. 

    Siegel, Angela A.; Zarb, Mark (ACM https://doi.org/10.1145/2899415.2909581, 2016-07-11)
    SIEGEL, A.A. and ZARB, M. 2016. Student concerns regarding transition into higher education CS. In Proceedings of the 21st ACM innovation and technology in computer science education 2016 conference (ITiCSE 2016), 8 - 13 July 2016, Arequipa, Peru. New York: ACM [online], pages 23-28. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1145/2899415.2909581.
    This paper discusses a study where 249 students from 18 secondary schools around Scotland who were on the verge of applying to study Computing Science at a higher education institution were surveyed on their concerns about ...