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Characterize the Difficulties that International Computer Science Students Face
by Alharbi, Eman, M.S., University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, 2016, 72; 10102300
Abstract (Summary)

International Computer Science students, who form the majority of students in Engineering colleges in the U.S (Anderson, 2013), face a lot of difficulties and barriers that are unknown and unexpressed. Hiding these struggles may affect the quality of their education, and will repeat the struggles over and over with the coming students. We conducted a qualitative study to discover the barriers that international Computer Science students have and their special needs. The data was collected by interviewing international Computer Science students and some of their instructors in the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS). The study found that international Computer Science students have English barriers evaluated on the following dimensions: listening and understanding lectures, participating and expressing ideas, presenting, writing, and reading. Moreover, students have identified another set of difficulties, which is technical barriers based on educational background and the ability to deal with advanced software tools.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Glock, Albert
Commitee: Chamillard, Tim, Walcott-Justice, Kristen
School: University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Department: Engineering and Applied Science-Computer Science
School Location: United States -- Colorado
Source: MAI 55/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Education, Computer science
Keywords: Computer science education, Computer science students’ needs, International education, International students, International students’ needs
Publication Number: 10102300
ISBN: 978-1-339-66108-7
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