Programmed to succeed?: A multi-national, multi-institutional study of introductory programming courses

Fincher, Sally and Baker, Bob and Box, Ilona and Cutts, Quintin and de Raadt, Michael and Haden, Patricia and Hamer, John and Hamilton, Margaret and Lister, Raymond and Petre, Marian (2005) Programmed to succeed?: A multi-national, multi-institutional study of introductory programming courses. Technical report. University of Kent, Canterbury, United Kingdom (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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This paper describes a multi-national, multi-institutional study that investigated introductory programming courses. Student participants were drawn from eleven institutions, mainly in Australasia, during the academic year of 2004. A number of diagnostic tasks were used to explore cognitive, behavioural, and attitudinal factors such as spatial visualisation and reasoning, the ability to articulate strategies for common-place search and design tasks, and attitudes to studying. The results indicate that: a deep approach to learning was positively correlated with mark for the course, while a surface approach was negatively correlated; spatial visualisation skills are correlated with success; a progression of map drawing styles identified in the literature has a significant effect with marks; and increasing measures of richness of articulation of a search strategy are also associated with higher marks. Finally, a qualitative analysis of short interviews identified the qualities that students themselves regarded as important to learn programming well.

Item Type: Monograph (Technical report)
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 18:03
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2008 12:50
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