ERIC Number: ED422925
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Beyond Course Availability: An Investigation into Order and Concurrency Effects of Undergraduate Programming Courses on Learning.
Urbaczewski, Andrew; Urbaczewski, Lise
The objective of this study was to find the answers to two primary research questions: "Do students learn programming languages better when they are offered in a particular order, such as 4th generation languages before 3rd generation languages?"; and "Do students learn programming languages better when they are taken in separate semesters as opposed to simultaneously?" Students from nine introductory programming classes over two semesters at a large Midwestern university were used as subjects for this experiment; 275 students responded to a survey at the end of the semester. Subject responses were divided into three groups, depending on the class being rated. These classes were: introduction to Visual Programming, introduction to COBOL programming, and introduction to C programming. To test hypotheses, linear regression was used, running the data against two separate dependent variables, grade and comfort factor. Mixed results were found for the different types of classes. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Proceedings of the International Academy for Information Management Annual Conference (12th, Atlanta, GA, December 12-14, 1997); see IR 057 067.