For me, programming is ...

Beth Simon, Brian Hanks, Renée McCauley, Briana Morrison, Laurie Murphy, Carol Zander

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Abstract

Fun, interesting, hard, rewarding, and challenging: these are the most frequent responses of 697 students from five institutions at the end of a first programming course. Student experience with introductory programming courses is of interest to the computing education community, especially due to continued decreases in enrollments in computing degree programs. In this study, we explore one direct approach to document students' initial attitudinal experiences with programming by asking them to complete an open-ended question at the end of a first programming course. Based on content-analysis of students' responses, we find that nearly 50% of responses were positive in nature, there is significant difference in the responses of majors and non-majors, and that response characteristics correlate to earned grade in the course. We present preliminary, but inconclusive evidence on the impact of context (e.g., gaming or media computation) in a first programming course. Finally, we propose a multiple-choice question based on the most common student responses for large-scale deployment in computing courses and identify key contextual information that will inform future analysis of that data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationICER'09 - Proceedings of the 2009 ACM Workshop on International Computing Education Research
Pages105-116
Number of pages12
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 24 2009
Event2009 ACM Workshop on International Computing Education Research, ICER'09 - Berkeley, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 10 2009Aug 11 2009

Publication series

NameICER'09 - Proceedings of the 2009 ACM Workshop on International Computing Education Research

Other

Other2009 ACM Workshop on International Computing Education Research, ICER'09
CountryUnited States
CityBerkeley, CA
Period8/10/098/11/09

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Keywords

  • Affective
  • Attitude
  • CS1
  • Introductory programming
  • Multi-institutional
  • Novice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Software

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Simon, B., Hanks, B., McCauley, R., Morrison, B., Murphy, L., & Zander, C. (2009). For me, programming is ... In ICER'09 - Proceedings of the 2009 ACM Workshop on International Computing Education Research (pp. 105-116). [1584335] (ICER'09 - Proceedings of the 2009 ACM Workshop on International Computing Education Research). https://doi.org/10.1145/1584322.1584335

For me, programming is ... / Simon, Beth; Hanks, Brian; McCauley, Renée; Morrison, Briana; Murphy, Laurie; Zander, Carol.

ICER'09 - Proceedings of the 2009 ACM Workshop on International Computing Education Research. 2009. p. 105-116 1584335 (ICER'09 - Proceedings of the 2009 ACM Workshop on International Computing Education Research).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Simon, B, Hanks, B, McCauley, R, Morrison, B, Murphy, L & Zander, C 2009, For me, programming is ... in ICER'09 - Proceedings of the 2009 ACM Workshop on International Computing Education Research., 1584335, ICER'09 - Proceedings of the 2009 ACM Workshop on International Computing Education Research, pp. 105-116, 2009 ACM Workshop on International Computing Education Research, ICER'09, Berkeley, CA, United States, 8/10/09. https://doi.org/10.1145/1584322.1584335
Simon B, Hanks B, McCauley R, Morrison B, Murphy L, Zander C. For me, programming is ... In ICER'09 - Proceedings of the 2009 ACM Workshop on International Computing Education Research. 2009. p. 105-116. 1584335. (ICER'09 - Proceedings of the 2009 ACM Workshop on International Computing Education Research). https://doi.org/10.1145/1584322.1584335
Simon, Beth ; Hanks, Brian ; McCauley, Renée ; Morrison, Briana ; Murphy, Laurie ; Zander, Carol. / For me, programming is ... ICER'09 - Proceedings of the 2009 ACM Workshop on International Computing Education Research. 2009. pp. 105-116 (ICER'09 - Proceedings of the 2009 ACM Workshop on International Computing Education Research).
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