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Pala, Ferhat Kadir; Mihci Türker, Pinar – Interactive Learning Environments, 2021
In this study, the effects of Arduino IDE and C++ programming languages were investigated on the computational thinking skills of preservice teachers. The Computational Thinking Skills Scale was administered to preservice teachers. Firstly, a basic programming training was given and then it was asked to create group projects on a voluntary basis.…
Descriptors: Programming, Computer Science Education, Computation, Thinking Skills
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Buteau, Chantal; Gueudet, Ghislaine; Muller, Eric; Mgombelo, Joyce; Sacristán, Ana Isabel – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2020
The instrumental approach is a useful theoretical lens for understanding students' learning processes with a main focus on the transformation of an artefact (a human design for a goal-directed activity) into a meaningful instrument (i.e. an artefact and schemes developed by the student). In this paper, we articulate the instrumental approach for…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Mathematics, Programming Languages, Active Learning
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Santamaría, Cristina Rebollo; Lora, Carlos Marín; Quintana, Inmaculada Remolar; Sellés, Miguel Chover – International Association for Development of the Information Society, 2018
The first obstacles to overcome when a student has to face the task of programming for the first time are the abstraction level, the comprehension of a language with unfamiliar concepts for him/her and the specific syntax for each programming language. This work presents the qualitative results obtained in a study focused on the gain of skills for…
Descriptors: Programming Languages, Skill Development, Undergraduate Students, Video Games
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Tan, Song Wei Benjamin; Naraharisetti, Pavan Kumar; Chin, Siew Kian; Lee, Lai Yeng – Journal of Chemical Education, 2020
The advance of digital technology presents an opportunity to equip students with relevant skill sets as "Scientists of the Future" who are able to utilize knowledge at the interface between various disciplines. In this technology report, an open source programming language is used to automate a simple laboratory experiment commonly…
Descriptors: Programming Languages, Science Instruction, Chemistry, Computer Science Education
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García, José Manuel García-Vandewalle; García-Carmona, Marina; Trujillo Torres, Juan Manuel; Moya-Fernández, Pablo – Contemporary Educational Technology, 2022
Digital competence has become a new type of literacy that significantly impacts on people's lives, as it is paramount to their social and occupational integration. In educational institutions, teachers play a major role in developing the digital skills of their students. This study aims to determine the key elements of teacher training in the use…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Educational Change, Technological Literacy, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
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Mladenovic, Monika; Boljat, Ivica; Žanko, Žana – Education and Information Technologies, 2018
Novice programmers are facing many difficulties while learning to program. Most studies about misconceptions in programming are conducted at the undergraduate level, yet there is a lack of studies at the elementary school (K-12) level, reasonably because computer science neither programming are regularly still not the part of elementary school…
Descriptors: Programming, Misconceptions, Elementary School Students, Teaching Methods
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Sinclair, Nathalie; Patterson, Margaret – Mathematical Thinking and Learning: An International Journal, 2018
The goal of this paper is to explore dynamic geometry environments (DGE) as a type of computer programming language. Using projects created by secondary students in one particular DGE, we analyse the extent to which the various aspects of computational thinking--including both ways of doing things and particular concepts--were evident in their…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Programming, Computation, Thinking Skills
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Ben Arfa Rabai, Latifa; Cohen, Barry; Mili, Ali – Informatics in Education, 2015
In the same way that natural languages influence and shape the way we think, programming languages have a profound impact on the way a programmer analyzes a problem and formulates its solution in the form of a program. To the extent that a first programming course is likely to determine the student's approach to program design, program analysis,…
Descriptors: Programming Languages, Language Usage, Higher Education, Industry
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Gozukucuk, Meral; Gunbas, Nilgun – Journal of Education, 2022
The purpose of this study is to contribute to preservice teachers' technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPACK). For this purpose, preservice teachers (n = 8) learned visual programming language, designed technology-based reading activities, and observed students completing these activities. A case study approach was employed, and…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Technological Literacy, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Programming Languages
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Gutiérrez-Cárdenas, Juan – Journal of Information Systems Education, 2020
In the current literature, there is limited evidence of the effects of teaching programming languages using two different paradigms concurrently. In this paper, we present our experience in using a multiparadigm and multiprogramming approach for an Introduction to Programming course. The multiparadigm element consisted of teaching the imperative…
Descriptors: Information Systems, Programming, Computer Science Education, Introductory Courses
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Siegfried, Robert M.; Siegfried, Jason P.; Alexandro, Gina – Information Systems Education Journal, 2016
Throughout the 1990s, Richard Reid of Michigan State University maintained a list showing the first programming language used in introductory programming courses taken by computer science and information systems majors; it was updated for several years afterwards with the most recent update done in 2011. This is a follow-up to that last update of…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Programming Languages, Computer Science Education, Information Systems
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Xinogalos, Stelios; Pitner, Tomáš; Ivanovic, Mirjana; Savic, Miloš – Education and Information Technologies, 2018
The choice of the first programming language (FPL) has been a controversial issue for several decades. Nearly everyone agrees that the FPL is important and affects students' subsequent education on programming. The study presented in this article investigates the suitability of various C-like and Pascal-like programming languages as a FPL.…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Programming Languages, Computer Software, Questionnaires
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Žanko, Žana; Mladenovic, Monika; Boljat, Ivica – Education and Information Technologies, 2019
There are known misconceptions about variables which are mostly the same since the first studies since more than 30 years ago. Consciousness about the misconceptions in programming can be crucial for teaching and learning programming for novices because, if we are aware of them, maybe we can minimise or even prevent them. Researchers mostly…
Descriptors: Misconceptions, Elementary Secondary Education, Programming, Programming Languages
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Teng, Chin-Hung; Chen, Jr-Yi; Chen, Zhi-Hong – Journal of Educational Computing Research, 2018
Although the learning of programming language is critical in science and technology education, it might be difficult for some students, especially novices. One possible reason might be the fact that programming language, especially for three-dimensional (3D) applications, is too complex and abstract for these students to understand. Programming…
Descriptors: Computer Simulation, Simulated Environment, Programming, Computer Science Education
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Hsu, Wen-Chin; Gainsburg, Julie – Journal of Educational Computing Research, 2021
Block-based programming languages (BBLs) have been proposed as a way to prepare students for learning to program in more sophisticated, text-based languages, such as Java. Hybrid BBLs add the ability to view and edit the block commands in auto-generated, text-based code. We compared the use of a non-hybrid BBL (Scratch), a hybrid BBL (Pencil…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Introductory Courses, Teaching Methods, Student Attitudes
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