Elizabeth Patitsas

PhD Computer Science Education
2008

As of 2016 I'm a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto, studying computer science education.

Since I was interested in compsci, for my Science One measurement project I asked one of my compsci profs (Steve Wolfman) to supervise the project. We wound up working on the project beyond Science One, and I later TAed Steve's class. When he hired me as a TA he asked me to do curriculum development for the class. And so I started reading up on curriculum development and then researching the effectiveness of the curriculum development I was doing. By the time I finished my degree at UBC I'd realized I wanted to specialize in science education, and had even published a paper on my curriculum evaluation work. My Master's and PhD work have both been in the area of computer science education.