A retired Murray State University professor’s research has been recognized as being among the best computer science education research publications of the last half-century.
In March, the Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education named the work of Brenda Wilson, a retired professor of the Murray State Department of Computer Science and Information Systems, a winner of the Top 10 Symposium Papers of All Time Award. The top 10 papers were chosen from among the best that were presented at the symposium over the last 49 years.
Wilson’s research, ranked ninth overall, is titled “Contributing to success in an introductory computer science course: a study of twelve factors.” Published in 2001, the study determined and explored factors that promote success in an introductory college computer science course. The full research is available at bit.ly/2NWkqbG.
“I was so surprised and humbled to know that the research and resulting paper has influenced so many other computer science professors,” Wilson said. “The attrition rate in the first computer science course has historically been one of the worst of any major, so it was my passion to address the problem and, hopefully, determine factors that influence success or failure in the course.”