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ERIC Number: ED259700
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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Cognitive Abilities and Computer Programming.
Fletcher, Stephen H.
To better determine the cognitive abilities needed for computer programming, a study was done using 41 junior and senior level college students majoring in social and behavioral sciences at a Los Angeles area university. The subjects were first tested to determine their cognitive abilities with regard to spatial ability, field dependence/independence, general reasoning or non-verbal intellect, analytic versus holistic processing, and math skills. These results were then compared with the results of a test of the subjects' computer programming skills after 10 weeks of computer instruction. Results of this comparison show a positive correlation between computer programming and several cognitive abilities. A comparison of the results of this study with those of a similar study done by Shaha (1983) using graduate students indicates that this study verifies Shaha's findings with one major exception--the order of regression coefficients for overall programming ability. A table of regression coefficients and a bibliography are attached. (Author/JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Audience: Researchers
Language: English
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