ERIC Number: EJ905829
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
Programming Anxiety amongst Computing Students--A Key in the Retention Debate?
Connolly, C.; Murphy, E.; Moore, S.
IEEE Transactions on Education, v52 n1 p52-56 Feb 2009
Low retention rates in third-level computing courses, despite continuing research into new and improved computer teaching methods, present a worrying concern. For some computing students learning programming is intimidating, giving rise to lack of confidence and anxiety. The noncognitive domain of anxiety with regard to learning computer programming is investigated in this paper and programming anxiety, a constituent component of computer anxiety, is defined. The paper describes a longitudinal research study that has been conducted, which investigates the variance of anxiety amongst undergraduate computing students, with specific emphasis upon their learning programming during their first year in higher education. (Contains 1 table.)
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Computer Attitudes, Programming, Anxiety, College Freshmen, Cognitive Processes, Difficulty Level, Computer Assisted Design, Questionnaires, Pretests Posttests, Foreign Countries, Computer Literacy, Self Control, Self Concept, Predictor Variables
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Ireland