SICSA Education: Distinguished Speaker Seminar

Date(s) - 30/03/2022
10:45 am - 3:00 pm

School of Computing Science, University of Glasgow

Join us for a SICSA Distinguished Speaker Seminar delivered by Dr Lauren Margulieux, Assistant Professor at Georgia State University.

  • 10.45 Coffee
  • 11.00 Building Theory in STEM Education Research: Multiple Conceptions Theory
  • 12.15 Lunch
  • 13.15 Computing Education Research Methods and Design
  • 14.45 Coffee
Building Theory in STEM Education Research: Multiple Conceptions Theory

Abstract: The computing education research field frequently calls for theory-building work to better explain the mechanisms of how people learn computer science. This talk discusses a theory that has been developed based on a synthesis of work across multiple fields to explain phenomena frequently seen in computing education. Multiple Conceptions theory proposes a mechanism to explain how both direct instruction and constructivist instructional approaches can be designed to guarantee successful results. It draws upon instructional approaches from various STEM fields and educational psychology.

Computing Education Research Methods and Design

Abstract: Computing education research draws from methodology in the social sciences, like education, psychology, and learning sciences, to conduct research with learners. Learners aren’t like molecules in a beaker or mice in a cage, they bring a lot of variability to the research environment, both from learner to learner and within learners from context to context. Social sciences have developed methods to deal with this variability, which we will discuss in this talk. We will also discuss other features of research design related to reliability, validity, and generalizability of results. The talk will focus on methods and designs particularly relevant in computing education.


Lauren Margulieux is an Assistant Professor of Learning Sciences at Georgia State University. She received her Ph.D. from Georgia Tech in Engineering Psychology, the study of how humans interact with technology. Her research interests are in educational technology and online learning, particularly for computing education. She also coordinates an initiative in Georgia State’s teacher preparation programs to integrate computing into pre-service teacher training in all disciplines and directs a computer science endorsement to certify in-service teachers to offer computing courses.

The seminar will be delivered in person at the University of Glasgow and online. You can register here.

This entry was posted in .