Approaches to learning in computer programming students and their effect on success

de Raadt, Michael and Hamilton, Margaret and Lister, Raymond and Tutty, Jodi and Baker, Bob and Box, Ilona and Cutts, Quintin and Fincher, Sally and Hamer, John and Haden, Patricia and Petre, Marian and Robins, Anthony and Simon, and Sutton, Ken and Tolhurst, Denise (2005) Approaches to learning in computer programming students and their effect on success. In: 28th HERDSA Annual Conference: Higher Eduation in a Changing World (HERDSA 2005), 3-6 July 2005, Sydney, Australia.

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Within education research there has been sustained interest in developing models that can predict, or alternatively explain, student success. In computing education, attempts have been made to predict success in programming courses. Models previously used in this area have included a range of demographic, cognitive and social factors. These models emphasise presage factors. Biggs' 3P general model of student learning, by comparison, measures attitudinal factors. This multi-national, multi-institutional study investigates the effectiveness of an attitudinal measure, deep and surface approaches to learning (Biggs R-SPQ-2F questionnaire), to explain the success of students in introductory programming courses. This is then compared to both a cognitive and a demographic measure. The results indicate that across the eleven institutions in three countries the strongest correlation to success was found with the learning approach.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright © 2005 The Authors.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Maths and Computing
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2011 07:46
Last Modified: 25 May 2012 06:30
Uncontrolled Keywords: learning approaches; introductory programming
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0803 Computer Software > 080308 Programming Languages
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes

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