Welcome to this issue of Computing and Information Technology Research and Education, New Zealand (CITRENZ) Journal of Applied Computing and Information Technology (JACIT), an amalgamation of two publications from the National Advisory Committee of Computing Qualifications (NACCQ): JACIT and the Bulletin (BACIT).
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Nadia Kasto Awbi, Jacqueline L. Whalley, Anne Philpott
The work reported here is part of a larger research program that aims to explore the learning strategies that novice computer programmers adopt, the ways in which they integrate knowledge, and the processes they employ when applying their knowledge and skills in different contexts. Our findings, based on a narrative analysis of think-aloud retrospective interviews, indicate that scaffolding can influence progression in learning and can extend a student`s zone of proximal development (Vygotsky, 1978).
Scott Morton, Dr. Petrea Redmond (Supervisor)
For the past two decades there has been an imbalance between male and female students entering the Bachelor of Information Technology degree from high schools. The literature suggests that only one in six students entering higher education to study computer related degrees are female. It also suggests that occupational stereotyping can be linked to the decline in the number of females entering computing degree courses. This research is proposing to revisit and investigate why this is still prevalent in today's society that has been brought up on technology and can see the benefits of good careers and good jobs.
Shirley Gibbs, Gary Steel, Alan McKinnon
Practical assessment instruments are commonly used in the workplace and educational environments to assess a person's level of digital literacy and end-user computer skill. However, it is often difficult to find statistical evidence of the actual validity of instruments being used. To ensure that the correct factors are being assessed for a particular purpose it is necessary to undertake some type of psychometric testing, and the first step is to study the content relevance of the measure. The purpose of this paper is to report on the rigorous judgment-quantification process using panels of experts in order to establish inter-rater reliability and agreement in the development of end-user instruments developed to measure workplace skills using spreadsheet and word-processing applications.