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Katrina Jones


    • School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

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    Research Interests

    I have a keen interest in helping novice programmers learn how to program. I have a passing interest in the areas of: computer science education, gamification, code puzzles, computational thinking and reasoning, problem solving, technology-enhanced learning, automated feedback, assessment design, knowledge representation, clustering algorithms, word sense disambiguation, video game design, video game AI algorithms, program testing, reliability in software engineering, human computer interaction, machine learning and natural language processing. I also really enjoy reading about pedagogical research in the area phenomoneology particularly and wish to learn more about Variation Theory, Conceptual Change and Grounded Theory. However, I have yet to publish formally in journals in said areas, but I like to learn more about things whenever I have the chance.

    The research for the doctorate focused on an area of Computer Science and investigated whether we can discern novice programmer understanding through using a form of paper-based Java code puzzles. 


    • BSc (Hons) in Computing Science
    • MSc in Software Engineering
    • PGCert in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
    • MEd in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
    • PhD in Computer Science (Novice Programmer Phenomenology)

    Teaching Activity

    In my latest contract with the university (fixed-term teaching assistant), I primarily assist with the following modules:

    • CS3IOS: Foundations of Object-Orientated Design
    • CS4730: Machine Learning

    While providing peripheral support for MSc Applied AI students learning Python.

    In the past, I have been a casual teaching assistant for a variety of computer scienced based modules, such as:

    • Data Structures and Algorithms with Java
    • Java Programming Foundations
    • Testing and Reliable Software Engineering
    • Reliability in Software Engineering
    • Problem Solving 
    • Computational Reasoning
    • Enterprise Application Technologies
    • Information Security
    • Human Computer Interaction

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    I have been a Fellow of the Advance HE (formally known as the Higher Education Academy - HEA) since 2018.


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