Department of Information Technology

Identity and Belonging - becoming a Computing/IT professional

Student identity, in relation to discipline and study cohort, is an important research area that has emerged during the last decade. Sense of identity is linked to student perseverance, satisfaction in one's studies, and retention. This project explores students' experiences of participation, and discusses participation
as a part of a broader goal of understanding how student identity develops over time. The research has its foundations in the broader discourse of a holistic view of learning, going beyond pure cognitivism to consider both social interaction and personal development.

The project data are drawn from a longitudinal study, which follows students from two computing study programs over a period of three years. The aim is to acquire a better understanding of the students' disciplinary and professional identity development as they engage with the curriculum. The focus on participation is inspired by Lave and Wenger?s social theory of learning and Phenomenography is used for much of the primary data analysis.


Principal researcher, PhD student
Anne Peters

Anders Berglund
Anna Eckerdal
Arnold Pears

Selected publications

Identity development in computing education: Theoretical perspectives and an implementation in the classroom. Anne-Kathrin Peters and Detlef Rick. In Proc. 9th Workshop in Primary and Secondary Computing Education, pp 70-79, ACM Press, New York, 2014. (DOI).
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:preprint).
The role of students' identity development in higher education in computing. Anne-Kathrin Peters. Licentiate thesis, IT licentiate theses / Uppsala University, Department of Information Technology nr 2014-004, Uppsala University, 2014. (fulltext).
Identity development of CS and IT students: What's the role of higher education?. Anne-Kathrin Peters. In Proc. 9th International Computing Education Research Conference, pp 187-188, ACM Press, New York, 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:postprint).
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).

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