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ERIC Number: ED358170
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 42
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The Influence of Programming Skills on Learning and Study Strategies.
Jang, Younghee
The relationship between learning to program at a construct level and learning and study strategies was studied for college students enrolled in a beginning Pascal programing course and a calculus course (four sections of the programing course and two of the mathematics course). For both the experimental group (n=42) and the first control group (n=51), the programing course consisted of 150 minutes of lecture and 150 minutes of laboratory each week. Both groups were given instruction in programing and Pascal, but only the experimental group was taught the loop and nested loop constructs and the corresponding Pascal codes whose outputs embodied the combination and intersection schema of Piaget. The second control group (n=38) was given instruction in calculus with 200 minutes of lecture per week for 7 weeks. The 77-item Learning Strategies and Study Skills Test, a transfer test, and an achievement test were used. Results show significant effects of learning and study strategies on the learning of complex programing constructs. A greater degree of programing skills increased the capability of selecting main ideas, but had no effect on transfer of programing skills to solving analogous problems in other domains. Results also indicate that learning complex programing constructs led to greater levels of anxiety, but had no effect on other affective factors of motivation, attitude, and concentration. Six tables present study findings. Contains 33 references. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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