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Atiq, Zahra; Loui, Michael C. – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2022
In introductory computer programming courses, students experience a range of emotions. Students often experience anxiety and frustration when they encounter difficulties in writing programs. Continued frustration can discourage students from pursuing engineering and computing careers. Although prior research has shown how emotions affect students'…
Descriptors: Psychological Patterns, College Freshmen, Engineering Education, Programming
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Herman, Geoffrey L.; Loui, Michael C.; Kaczmarczyk, Lisa; Zilles, Craig – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2012
The ability to reason with formal logic is a foundational skill for computer scientists and computer engineers that scaffolds the abilities to design, debug, and optimize. By interviewing students about their understanding of propositional logic and their ability to translate from English specifications to Boolean expressions, we characterized…
Descriptors: Interviews, Logical Thinking, Computer Science, Scientists
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Goldman, Ken; Gross, Paul; Heeren, Cinda; Herman, Geoffrey L.; Kaczmarczyk, Lisa; Loui, Michael C.; Zilles, Craig – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2010
A concept inventory is a standardized assessment tool intended to evaluate a student's understanding of the core concepts of a topic. In order to create a concept inventory it is necessary to accurately identify these core concepts. A Delphi process is a structured multi-step process that uses a group of experts to achieve a consensus opinion. We…
Descriptors: Delphi Technique, Student Evaluation, Expertise, Introductory Courses