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Rodrigo Duran; Silvia Amélia Bim; Itana Gimenes; Leila Ribeiro; Ronaldo Celso Messias Correia – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2023
"Motivation": Enrollments in Brazilian computing degrees are at an all-time high, but graduation numbers have not increased at the same rate. Moreover, enrollment growth has mainly attracted male students, steadily expanding the gender gap in Brazilian computing programs. Such high attrition rates have a great economic impact and may…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Academic Persistence, Intention, Dropout Characteristics
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Wainer, Jacques; Xavier, Eduardo C. – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2018
We performed a controlled experiment comparing a C and a Python Introductory Programming course. Three faculty members at University of Campinas, Brazil, taught the same CS1 course for the same majors in two different semesters, one version in Python and one in C, with a total of 391 students involved in the experiment. We measured the dropout…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Computer Science Education, Introductory Courses, Programming
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d'Amore, Roberto – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2010
This article proposes a VHDL language course that establishes a strong correlation between the language statements and their use in circuit synthesis. Two course modules are described: a basic module that contains the essential concepts of the language, sufficient for students to describe medium complexity circuits, followed by a second module…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Units of Study, Courses, Laboratories