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ERIC Number: ED267908
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Aspects of Programming Courses That Foster Problem Solving.
Mandinach, Ellen B.
This study examined the relationship between type of computer programming instruction and successful performance by middle school students. It is argued that characterizing the aspects of programming courses that foster generalizable problem solving skills and domain-specific knowledge is helpful in assessing the potential of computer learning environments. Similarly, examining the achievements of successful programmers, their background characteristics, and the learning experiences that lead to expertise in programming is also helpful. Two exemplary programming courses from the Assessing the Cognitive Consequences of Computer Environments for Learning (ACCCEL) Project were examined in case study format. The teachers, curriculum materials, and instructional procedures were compared and characterized. The teachers' classroom procedures and instructional content were examined to identify critical influences on learning. In conclusion, results indicated that (1) the talented students were the best programmers in the ACCCEL sample and (2) good classroom instruction was an important influence on the knowledge and skills displayed by the talented students. (DST)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.
Note: Document contains light type. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (70th, San Francisco, CA, April 16-20, 1986).