ERIC Number: EJ929271
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
Is Pair Programming More Effective than Other Forms of Collaboration for Young Students?
Lewis, Colleen M.
Computer Science Education, v21 n2 p105-134 2011
This study investigates differences between collaboration methods in two summer enrichment classes for students entering the sixth grade. In one treatment, students used pair programming. In the other treatment, students engaged in frequent collaboration, but worked on their own computer. Students in the two treatments did not differ significantly in their performance on daily quizzes or responses to attitudinal survey questions. However, the students who worked on their own computer completed exercises more quickly than those using pair programming. This study compares two learning environments with high levels of collaboration to isolate aspects of pair programming that are and are not responsible for the reported success of educational research focused on pair programming. This study expands our understanding of pair programming by moving beyond simplistic comparisons of learning environments with and without collaboration and by extending pair programming research to elementary school students. (Contains 6 figures and 8 tables.)
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Student Attitudes, Educational Research, Tests, Programming, Grade 6, Peer Relationship, Cooperative Learning, Summer Programs, Computer Science Education, Web Based Instruction, Online Courses, Instructional Design, Computer Software, Instructional Effectiveness, Student Surveys, Observation, Pacing, Learner Controlled Instruction, Learning Strategies, Integrated Learning Systems, Enrichment Activities, Comparative Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 6; Middle Schools
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