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Brown, Neil C. C.; Weill-Tessier, Pierre; Sekula, Maksymilian; Costache, Alexandra-Lucia; Kölling, Michael – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2023
Objectives: Java is a popular programming language for use in computing education, but it is difficult to get a wide picture of the issues that it presents for novices; most studies look only at the types or frequency of errors. In this observational study, we aim to learn how novices use different features of the Java language. Participants:…
Descriptors: Novices, Programming, Programming Languages, Data
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Brown, Neil C. C.; Altadmri, Amjad – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2017
Teaching is the process of conveying knowledge and skills to learners. It involves preventing misunderstandings or correcting misconceptions that learners have acquired. Thus, effective teaching relies on solid knowledge of the discipline, but also a good grasp of where learners are likely to trip up or misunderstand. In programming, there is much…
Descriptors: Novices, Programming Languages, Programming, Error Patterns
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Brown, Neil C. C.; Sentance, Sue; Crick, Tom; Humphreys, Simon – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2014
Computer science in UK schools is undergoing a remarkable transformation. While the changes are not consistent across each of the four devolved nations of the UK (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), there are developments in each that are moving the subject to become mandatory for all pupils from age 5 onwards. In this article, we…
Descriptors: Computer Science, Educational Trends, Trend Analysis, Excellence in Education