A multinational, multi-institutional study of assessment of programming skills of first-year CS students

McCracken, Michael and Almstrum, Vicki and Diaz, Danny and Guzdial, Mark and Hagan, Dianne and Kolikant, Yifat Ben-David and Laxer, Cary and Thomas, Lynda and Utting, Ian and Wilusz, Tadeusz (2001) A multinational, multi-institutional study of assessment of programming skills of first-year CS students. ACM SIGCSE Bulletin, 33 (4). pp. 125-140. ISSN 0097-8418. (Full text available)

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Abstract

In computer science, an expected outcome of a student's education is programming skill. This working group investigated the programming competency students have as they complete their first one or two courses in computer science. In order to explore options for assessing students, the working group developed a trial assessment of whether students can program. The underlying goal of this work was to initiate dialog in the Computer Science community on how to develop these types of assessments. Several universities participated in our trial assessment and the disappointing results suggest that many students do not know how to program at the conclusion of their introductory courses. For a combined sample of 216 students from four universities, the average score was 22.89 out of 110 points on the general evaluation criteria developed for this study. From this trial assessment we developed a framework of expectations for first-year courses and suggestions for further work to develop more comprehensive assessments.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 76 Software, computer programming,
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Computing > Computing Education Group
Depositing User: Mark Wheadon
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2008 17:58
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2014 08:57
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/13514 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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