Arnold Neville Pears – Senior Lecturer

Deputy member of the board (teachers)
Head of Education
Deputy Head of Department
Address: Division of Computer Systems
Department of Information Technology
Uppsala University
Box 337
SE-751 05 Uppsala
Sweden
Visit: ITC building 1, floor 4, room 1442
Phone: +46 18 - 471 1066
Mobile: +46 70 425 09 41
Fax: +46 18 511925
Email: Arnold.Pears@it.uu.se
Web: Personal web page

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Something to think about

"Certainly the prolonged education indispensable to the progress of Society is not natural to mankind. It cuts against the grain. A boy would like to follow his father in pursuit of food or prey. He would like to be doing serviceable things so far as his utmost strength allowed. He would like to be earning wages however small to help to keep up the home. He would like to have some leisure of his own to use or misuse as he pleased. He would ask little more than the right to work or starve. And then perhaps in the evenings a real love of learning would come to those who are worthy - and why try to stuff in those who are not? - and knowledge and thought would open the `magic casements´ of the mind."

-- Winston Churchill

Schedule

My public calender shows "What I am doing this week"

Research

I am a Associate Professor in Computing Education Research and coordinator of the Uppsala Computing Education Research Group (UpCERG).
Between 1999 and 2009 I was a senior researcher in the Communications Research group.

Curricula vitae for a range of purposes can be downloaded from the links below.

  1. Full Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
  2. Full Publication List (Generated from DIVA)
  3. 1 Page CV (Vetenskapsrådet version)
  4. Publications (last 8 years)
  5. Pegagogic CV/Merits (2 page version)

Professional Activities

2004-present Director of the CeTUSS Center for Engineering Education
2009-present Member of the Academic Senate of Uppsala University
2010-2012 Steering Committee Chair for IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference
2012-2014 Elected to the IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors

Past Roles

Elected member of the Departmental Board and the Board of Studies for Technology and Natural Sciences.
Chairman of the Program Committee for profile education in the Faculty of Technology and Natural Sciences.

Courses

Application Code Code Level Name Course Homepage Program Teacher Start Info Other
UU-11234 1DT061 avanc Computing education research, 10 hp datadidaktik DVM, FRI, IT Arnold Pears 2 Sept @ 8.15, in room 1245 - ITC in English, periods 1+2

Public presentations

ACM Open Access

You can access versions of my ACM publications directly here

Recent Publications

Chapters in book

State of the art in modeling opportunistic networks. Thabotharan Kathiravelu and Arnold Pears. In Mobile Opportunistic Networks: Architectures, Protocols and Applications, pp 25-50, Auerbach Publications, Boca Raton, FL, 2011. (DOI).
Explanograms. Arnold Pears. In Kunskapens nya världar: Mötet mellan pedagogik och teknik vid Uppsala Learning Lab, pp 171-179, Uppsala Learning Lab, Uppsala University, 2010.

Articles in journal

Models and methods for computing education research. Mats Daniels and Arnold Pears. In Australian Computer Science Communications, volume 34, number 2, pp 95-102, 2012. (External link).
Should we care about global intercultural collaboration?. Arnold Pears. In ACM Inroads, volume 1, number 3, pp 4-7, 2010. (DOI).
Does Quality Assurance Enhance the Quality of Computing Education?. Arnold Pears. In Australian Computer Science Communications, volume 32, number 2, pp 9-14, 2010. (External link, fulltext).
Values and Objectives in Computing Education Research. Arnold Pears and Lauri Malmi. In ACM Transactions on Computing Education, volume 9, number 3, pp 15:1-6, 2009. (DOI, fulltext).
Learning computer science: Perceptions, actions and roles. Anders Berglund, Anna Eckerdal, Arnold Pears, Philip East, Päivi Kinnunen, Lauri Malmi, Robert McCartney, Jan Erik Moström, Laurie Murphy, Mark Ratcliffe, Carsten Schulte, Beth Simon, Ioanna Stamouli, and Lynda Thomas. In European Journal of Engineering Education, volume 34, pp 327-338, 2009. (DOI).
Learning educational research methods through collaborative research: the PhICER initiative. Anders Berglund, Ilona Box, Anna Eckerdal, Raymond Lister, and Arnold Pears. In Australian Computer Science Communications, volume 30, number 5, pp 35-42, 2008. (External link).
Differing Ways that Computing Academics Understand Teaching.. Raymond Lister, Anders Berglund, Ilona Box, Chris Cope, Arnold Pears, Chris Avram, Matt Bower, Angela Carbone, Bill Davey, Michael de Raadt, Bernhard Doyle, Sue Fitzgerald, Linda Grandell, Cat Kutay, Mia Peltomäki, Judy Sheard, Simon, Ken Sutton, Des Traynor, Judy Tutty, and Anne Venables. In Australian Computer Science Communications, volume 29, number 5, pp 97-106, 2007. (External link).
A Survey of Literature on the Teaching of Introductory Programming. Arnold Pears, Stephen Seidman, Lauri Malmi, Linda Mannila, Elizabeth Adams, Jens Bennedsen, Marie Devlin, and James Paterson. In SIGCSE Bulletin inroads, volume 39, number 4, pp 204-223, 2007. (DOI).
A Computing Perspective on the Bologna Process. Ursula Fuller, Arnold Pears, June Amillo, Chris Avram, and Linda Mannila. In SIGCSE Bulletin: inroads, volume 38, number 4, pp 115-131, 2006. (DOI).
Qualitative Research Projects in Computing Education Research: An Overview.. Anders Berglund, Mats Daniels, and Arnold Pears. In Australian Computer Science Communications, volume 28, number 5, pp 25-34, 2006. (External link).
Constructing a Core Literature for Computing Education Research. Arnold Pears, Stephen Seidman, Crystal Eney, Päivi Kinnunen, and Lauri Malmi. In ACM SIGCSE Bulletin, volume 37, number 4, pp 152-161, 2005. (External link).
Five myths of assessment. Mats Daniels, Anders Berglund, Arnold Pears, and Sally Fincher. In Australian Computer Science Communication, volume 26, number 5, pp 57-61, 2004. (External link).
Structuring CSEd Research Studies: Connecting the Pieces. Arnold Pears and Mats Daniels. In ACM SIGCSE Bulletin, volume 35, number 3, pp 149-153, 2003. (DOI, External link).
A Dynamic Load Balancing Architecture for PDES using PVM on Clusters. Arnold Pears and N. Thong. In Lecture Notes in Computer Science: Recent Advances in Parallel Virtual Machine and Message Passing Interface, volume 2131, pp 166-173, 2001. (External link).

Conference proceedings (ed)

Proc. 8th International Conference on Computing Education Research: Koli Calling. Arnold Pears and Lauri Malmi (eds). Volume 2009-004 of Technical report / Department of Information Technology, Uppsala University, 2009. (External link).

Conference papers

A holistic approach to scaffolding pedagogic excellence. Maja Elmgren, Staffan Andersson, Stefan Pålsson, Anders Berglund, and Arnold Pears. In Proc. ICED 2014: Educational development in a changing world, International Consortium for Educational Development, London, 2014.
Discipline-based staff development courses to promote a sustainable SOTL environment: An example from science and engineering at Uppsala University. Anders Berglund, Staffan Andersson, Maja Elmgren, and Arnold Pears. In Proc. ICED 2014: Educational development in a changing world, International Consortium for Educational Development, London, 2014.
Four feed-forward principles enhance students' perception of feedback as meaningful. Arnold Pears, James Harland, Margaret Hamilton, and Roger Hadgraft. In Proc. 2nd International Conference on Learning and Teaching in Computing and Engineering, pp 272-277, IEEE Computer Society, Los Alamitos, CA, 2014. (DOI).
Learning to develop learning and teaching of CS: a collaborative example. Anders Berglund, Arnold Pears, Ali Alagla, Nimir Salih, and Mohamed Shenify. In Proc. 2nd International Conference on Learning and Teaching in Computing and Engineering, pp 147-148, IEEE Computer Society, Los Alamitos, CA, 2014. (DOI, fulltext).
First year Computer Science and IT students' experience of participation in the discipline. Anne-Kathrin Peters, Anders Berglund, Anna Eckerdal, and Arnold Pears. In Proc. 2nd International Conference on Learning and Teaching in Computing and Engineering, pp 1-8, IEEE Computer Society, Los Alamitos, CA, 2014. (DOI, fulltext).
Professional communication skills for engineering professionals. Aletta Nylen and Arnold Pears. In 2013 IEEE FRONTIERS IN EDUCATION CONFERENCE, Frontiers in Education Conference, pp 257-263, 2013. (DOI).
Professional communication skills for engineering professionals. Aletta Nylén and Arnold Pears. In Proc. 43rd ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, pp 257-263, IEEE, Piscataway, NJ, 2013. (DOI).
Scaffolding pedagogic excellence in higher education. Maja Elmgren, Staffan Andersson, Arnold Pears, and Stefan Pålsson. In Improving Student Learning through Research and Scholarship, pp 164-176, Oxford Brookes University, UK, 2013. (fulltext).
What is feedback?: Connecting student perceptions to assessment practices. Arnold Pears, James Harland, Margaret Hamilton, and Roger Hadgraft. In Proc. 1st International Conference on Learning and Teaching in Computing and Engineering, pp 106-113, IEEE Computer Society, Los Alamitos, CA, 2013. (DOI).
Engagement in Computer Science and IT — What!: A matter of identity?. Anne-Kathrin Peters and Arnold Pears. In Proc. 1st International Conference on Learning and Teaching in Computing and Engineering, pp 114-121, IEEE Computer Society, Los Alamitos, CA, 2013. (DOI, fulltext).
Hur ser Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakultetens lärare på undervisning och lärande. Arnold Pears, Staffan Andersson, and Maja Elmgren. In Universitetspedagogisk utveckling och kvalitet - i praktiken!, pp 21-44, 2012.
TUR och skicklighet: Strategisk samverkan för utbildningsexcellens. Maja Elmgren, Staffan Andersson, Anders Berglund, Tove Dahlström, Lena Forsell, Ingela Frost, Björn Gembert, Fredrik Härlin, Arnold Pears, and Stefan Pålsson. In Proc. NU 2012: Gränslöst lärande, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden, 2012. (Abstract).
För en ökad studentdemokrati på internationella masterprogram. Anders Berglund, Moa Eriksson, Arnold Pears, and Michael Thuné. In Proc. NU 2012: Gränslöst lärande, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden, 2012. (Abstract).
What are students' experiences that lead to engagement in, or rejection of, learning Computer Science?. Anne-Kathrin Peters, Arnold Neville Pears, and Anders Berglund. In Proc. NU 2012: Gränslöst lärande, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden, 2012. (Abstract).
Hur ser lärare på undervisning och lärande?. Maja Elmgren, Staffan Andersson, and Arnold Pears. In Proc. NU 2012: Gränslöst lärande, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden, 2012. (Abstract).
Harnessing theory in the service of engineering education research. Arnold Pears, Neena Thota, Päivi Kinnunen, and Anders Berglund. In Proc. 42nd ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, pp 391-395, IEEE, Piscataway, NJ, 2012. (DOI).
Students' experiences and attitudes towards learning Computer Science. Anne-Kathrin Peters and Arnold Pears. In Proc. 42nd ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, pp 88-93, IEEE, Piscataway, NJ, 2012. (DOI).
Teachers' conceptions of teaching practice. Arnold Pears, Maja Elmgren, and Staffan Andersson. In Improving Student Learning through Research and Scholarship (ISL 2012), Lund University, Sweden, 2012. (Abstract).
Challenges in Developing Global Collaborative Project Courses. Arnold Pears, Neena Thota, Henrik Forsberg, Jonny Gunnarsson, Anders Hedström, and David Skoglund. In Proc. 1st Forum on International Collaborative Academic Programs, BrownWalker Press, 2012.
Investigating Swedish Teacher's Approaches to Their Teaching Practice. Arnold Pears and Judy Sheard. Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education, San Antonio, TX, 2012.
mJeliot: ICT Support for Interactive Teaching of Programming. Arnold Pears and Moritz Rogalli. In Proc. 41st ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Frontiers in Education Conference, pp T1J-1-4, IEEE conference proceedings, Piscataway, NJ, 2011. (DOI).
mJeliot: A tool for enhanced interactivity in programming instruction. Arnold Pears and Moritz Rogalli. In Proc. 11th International Conference on Computing Education Research: Koli Calling, pp 16-22, ACM Press, New York, 2011. (DOI).
Conveying Conceptions of Quality through Instruction. Arnold Pears. In Proc. 7th International Conference on the Quality of Information and Communications Technology, 2010.
Enhancing Student Engagement in an Introductory Programming Course. Arnold N. Pears. In Proc. 40th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, pp F1E-1-2, IEEE, Piscataway, NJ, 2010. (DOI).
Developing Global Teamwork Skills: The Runestone Project. Arnold Pears and Mats Daniels. In Annual Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON): The Future of Global Learning in Engineering Education, IEEE, 2010. (fulltext).
A global software project: Developing a tablet PC capture platform for explanograms. Tony Clear, Jacqueline Whalley, Jonathan Hill, Yong Liu, Arnold Pears, and Beryl Plimmer. In Proc. 8th International Conference on Computing Education Research: Koli Calling, volume 2009-004 of Technical report / Department of Information Technology, Uppsala University, pp 41-50, 2009. (Proceedings).
Disseminating phenomenography: Workshops for the computing education research community. Anders Berglund, Ilona Box, Anna Eckerdal, Raymond Lister, and Arnold Pears. In Proc. EARLI SIG 9 Workshop on Phenomenography and Variation Theory: Implications of Phenomenography and Variation Theory in Practice, pp 17-18, Kristianstad Academic Press, Sweden, 2008. (Proceedings).
Stepping Stones: Capacity building in engineering education. Arnold N. Pears, Sally Fincher, Robin Adams, and Mats Daniels. In Proc. 38th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, pp 307-312, IEEE, Piscataway, NJ, 2008. (DOI).
What’s the problem?: Teachers’ experience of student learning successes and failures. Arnold Pears, Anders Berglund, Anna Eckerdal, Philip East, Päivi Kinnunen, Lauri Malmi, Robert McCartney, Jan Erik Moström, Laurie Murphy, Mark Bartley Ratcliffe, Carsten Schulte, Beth Simon, Ioanna Stamouli, and Lynda Thomas. In Proc. 7th Baltic Sea Conference on Computing Education Research: Koli Calling, volume 88 of CRPIT, pp 207-211, Australian Computer Society, 2007. (External link).
Encouraging Deep Learning Using Student Reflections: A Case Study. Arnold Pears and Lars-Åke Larzon. In Proc. 6th Baltic Sea Conference on Computing Education Research, pp 38-45, 2006. (External link, ACM digital library).
Maintaining a Core Literature of Computing Education Research. Stephen Seidman, Arnold Pears, Crystal Eney, Päivi Kinnunen, and Lauri Malmi. In Koli Calling: 5th Annual Finnish/Baltic Sea Conference on Computer Science Education, p 185, 2006. (External link).
Connectivity Models: A New Approach to Modeling Contacts in Opportunistic Networks. Thabotharan Kathiravelu, Arnold Pears, and Nalin Ranasinghe. In Proceedings of the Eighth International Information Technology Conference (IITC) 2006, p 185, 2006.
What & When?: Distributing Content in Opportunistic Networks. Thabotharan Kathiravelu and Arnold Pears. In International Conference on Wireless and Mobile Computing (ICWMC) 2006, 2006.
Ad Hoc Routing Protocol Verification Through Broadcast Abstraction. Oskar Wibling, Joachim Parrow, and Arnold Pears. In Formal Techniques for Networked and Distributed Systems – FORTE 2005, volume 3731 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science, pp 128-142, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2005. (DOI).
Approaches to P2P Applications Development. Thabotharan Kathiravelu and Arnold Pears. In Seventh International Workshop on Protocols for High-Speed Networks (PfHSN 2002), 2005. (DOI, External link).
Janus: an architecture for flexible access to sensor networks. Adam Dunkels, Richard Gold, Sergio Angel Marti, Arnold Pears, and Mats Uddenfeldt. In DIN '05: Proceedings of the 1st ACM workshop on Dynamic interconnection of networks, pp 48-52, 2005. (DOI).
Automatized Verification of Ad Hoc Routing Protocols. Oskar Wibling, Joachim Parrow, and Arnold Pears. In Formal Techniques for Networked and Distributed Systems – FORTE 2004, volume 3235 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science, pp 343-358, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2004. (DOI).
Runestone, the Story. Mats Daniels, Anders Berglund, and Arnold Pears. In Grundutbildningsrådets utvecklingskonferens, Gävle, 2003.
Students' Understanding of Networks in an Internationally Distributed Course.. Anders Berglund and Arnold Pears. In Proceedings of 3rd IEEE International Conference of Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT 2003)., pp 380-381, 2003.
Enriching Online Learning Resources with "Explanograms". Arnold Pears and Carl Erickson. In ISICT '03: Proceedings of the 1st international symposium on Information and communication technologies, pp 261-266, 2003. (External link).
Where Are You? Wireless Way's to Enhance Collaboration.. Arnold Pears and Marc-Aurele Brothier. In Frontiers in Education, p 2300, 2003. (DOI, External link).
Describing computer science education research: An academic process view. Arnold Pears, Mats Daniels, and Anders Berglund. In SCS 2002, Western multiconference, San Antonio, pp 99-104, 2002. (External link).

Reports

What is the word for "Engineering" in Swedish: Swedish students' conceptions of their discipline. Robin Adams, Sally Fincher, Arnold Pears, Jürgen Börstler, Jonas Boustedt, Peter Dalenius, Gunilla Eken, Tim Heyer, Andreas Jacobsson, Vanja Lindberg, Bengt Molin, Jan Erik Moström, and Mattias Wiggberg. Technical report / Department of Information Technology, Uppsala University nr 2007-018, 2007. (External link).