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ERIC Number: EJ1136873
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1545-679X
Beyond Introductory Programming: Success Factors for Advanced Programming
Hoskey, Arthur; Maurino, Paula San Millan
Information Systems Education Journal, v9 n5 p61-70 Oct 2011
Numerous studies document high drop-out and failure rates for students in computer programming classes. Studies show that even when some students pass programming classes, they still do not know how to program. Many factors have been considered to explain this problem including gender, age, prior programming experience, major, math background, personal attributes, and the programming language itself. Research in this area has mainly been confined to introductory programming courses. This study explores the problem at a higher level. It tracks students longitudinally as they move from the first introductory programming class, to the second introductory class, and finally, to completion of an advanced programming course. The research question answered was: What are the factors contributing to the success or lack of success in advanced programming? The success factors examined were the introductory programming language taken, number of programming classes taken, track (concentration in the major), math and logic background, time lapse between the introductory and advanced programming class, instructor, gender, and general GPA. The factors that influenced student success were found to be the introductory programming language, time lapse between the introductory and advanced class, general grade point average, and track. Identification of these factors will help educators to make the best decisions on how to improve computer curriculum and programs and help students become better programmers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York
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