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Stefik, Andreas; Siebert, Susanna – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2013
Recent studies in the literature have shown that syntax remains a significant barrier to novice computer science students in the field. While this syntax barrier is known to exist, whether and how it varies across programming languages has not been carefully investigated. For this article, we conducted four empirical studies on programming…
Descriptors: Programming Languages, Syntax, Computer Science Education, Novices
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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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Sondag, Tyler; Pokorny, Kian L.; Rajan, Hridesh – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2012
Students in all areas of computing require knowledge of the computing device including software implementation at the machine level. Several courses in computer science curricula address these low-level details such as computer architecture and assembly languages. For such courses, there are advantages to studying real architectures instead of…
Descriptors: Programming Languages, Computer Simulation, Computer Graphics, Computer Interfaces