Strengths and weaknesses of computer science degrees: The perception from European students

Abstract: The following investigation aims to highlight strengths and weaknesses of the computer science degree from the part of students.
Design/methodology/approach: This paper presents the results of a quantitative investigation that sheds light on student’s motivations to pursue or reject computer science.
Findings: The study identified the reasons that cause this rejection and suggest them as opportunities to enhance the domain in the future.
Practical implications: This study is a preliminary phase of a larger research goal which aims to identify the strategies presented to computer science education using technology to foster interest in the domain among students and professionals in Europe.
Originality/value: The declining number of computer science students in Europe is producing negative consequences in the technology field that affect other sectors like the economic and educational ones. In order to analyze this situation and in view of providing solutions to stop the decline, it is primordial to understand the reasons that retain students to choose this domain of study or that attract and retain them in the field.
Keywords: computer science studies, gender studies, tertiary education and educational economy
Author: Marcela Porta, Katherine Maillet, Carmen Martinez, Marta Mas
Journal Code: jptindustrigg120011

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