Predictors of success in a first programming course

Simon, and Fincher, Sally and Robins, Anthony 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 and Sutton, Ken and Tolhurst, Denise and Tutty, Jodi (2006) Predictors of success in a first programming course. In: ACE 2006: 8th Australasian Computing Education Conference, 16-19 Jan 2006, Hobart, Australia.

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Abstract

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 commonplace 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 correlation 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 success in programming.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Conferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology, Vol. 52. Reproduction for academic, not-for-profit purposes permitted provided this text is included.
Depositing User: Mr Michael de Raadt
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Maths and Computing
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 01:00
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: programming aptitude; education
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0803 Computer Software > 080399 Computer Software not elsewhere classified
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/2259

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