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Leonardo Silva; António Mendes; Anabela Gomes; Gabriel Fortes – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2024
Self-regulation of learning (SRL) is an essential ability for academic success in multiple educational contexts, including programming education. However, understanding how students regulate themselves during programming learning is still limited. This exploratory research aimed to investigate the regulatory strategies externalized by 51 students…
Descriptors: Learning Strategies, Programming, Self Management, Introductory Courses
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Anael Kuperwajs Cohen; Alannah Oleson; Amy J. Ko – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2024
Collaboration is an important aspect of computing. In a classroom setting, working with others can increase a student's motivation to attempt more challenges, reduce the difficulty of complicated concepts, and bring about greater overall success. Despite extensive research in other domains, there has been minimal exploration within computing on…
Descriptors: College Students, Help Seeking, Student Behavior, Programming
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Sunni H. Newton; Meltem Alemdar; Jessica Gale; Diley Hernandez; Doug Edwards; Mike Ryan; Mike Helms; Marion Usselman – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2023
Objectives: The goal of this paper is to introduce and describe a new introductory computer science course. Research results from the implementation of this curriculum will be presented to demonstrate the nature of teachers' experiences with the curriculum. Participants: Participants are teachers implementing the new curriculum at two schools in…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Computer Science Education, Introductory Courses, Curriculum Implementation
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Poulsen, Seth; Herman, Geoffrey L.; Peterson, Peter A. H.; Golaszewski, Enis; Gorti, Akshita; Oliva, Linda; Scheponik, Travis; Sherman, Alan T. – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2022
We present a psychometric evaluation of a revised version of the "Cybersecurity Concept Inventory" ("CCI"), completed by 354 students from 29 colleges and universities. The CCI is a conceptual test of understanding created to enable research on instruction quality in cybersecurity education. This work extends previous expert…
Descriptors: Psychometrics, Computer Security, Measures (Individuals), Computer Science Education
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Rodrigues, Luiz; Pereira, Filipe; Toda, Armando; Palomino, Paula; Oliveira, Wilk; Pessoa, Marcela; Carvalho, Leandro; Oliveira, David; Oliveira, Elaine; Cristea, Alexandra; Isotani, Seiji – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2022
Students face several difficulties in introductory programming courses (CS1), often leading to high dropout rates, student demotivation, and lack of interest. The literature has indicated that the adequate use of gamification might improve learning in several domains, including CS1. However, the understanding of which (and how) factors influence…
Descriptors: Gamification, Programming, Computer Science Education, Introductory Courses
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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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Riese, Emma; Bälter, Olle – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2022
Assessment plays an important role in education and can both guide and motivate learning. Assessment can, however, be carried out with different aims: providing the students with feedback that supports the learning (formative assessment) and judging to which degree the students have fulfilled the intended learning outcomes (summative assessment).…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Programming, Computer Science Education, Learning Motivation
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Loksa, Dastyni; Margulieux, Lauren; Becker, Brett A.; Craig, Michelle; Denny, Paul; Pettit, Raymond; Prather, James – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2022
Metacognition and self-regulation are important skills for successful learning and have been discussed and researched extensively in the general education literature for several decades. More recently, there has been growing interest in understanding how metacognitive and self-regulatory skills contribute to student success in the context of…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Programming, Computer Science Education, Learning Processes
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Flanigan, Abraham E.; Peteranetz, Markeya S.; Shell, Duane F.; Soh, Leen-Kiat – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2022
Two studies investigated change in computer science (CS) students' implicit intelligence beliefs. Across both studies, we found that the strength of incremental and entity beliefs changed across time. In Study 1, we found that incremental beliefs decreased and entity beliefs increased across the semester. Change in implicit intelligence beliefs…
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Computer Science Education, Student Attitudes, Intelligence
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Sharmin, Sadia – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2022
Computer science is a fast-growing field in today's digitized age, and working in this industry often requires creativity and innovative thought. An issue within computer science education, however, is that large introductory programming courses often involve little opportunity for creative thinking within coursework. The undergraduate…
Descriptors: Creativity, Computer Science Education, Literature Reviews, Introductory Courses
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Duran, Rodrigo; Sorva, Juha; Seppälä, Otto – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2021
We propose a framework for identifying, organizing, and communicating learning objectives that involve program semantics. In this framework, detailed learning objectives are written down as rules of program behavior (RPBs). RPBs are teacher-facing statements that describe what needs to be learned about the behavior of a specific sort of programs.…
Descriptors: Behavioral Objectives, Computer Science Education, Programming, Evaluation Criteria
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Bellino, Alessio; Herskovic, Valeria; Hund, Michael; Munoz-Gama, Jorge – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2021
A common belief among students is that computing is a boring subject that lacks a connection to the real world. The first class (one 80-minute session) in an introductory computer science course may be an appropriate instance to combat such a belief. Previous studies have used course-wide interventions, e.g., games and physical/tangible devices to…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Computer Science Education, Programming, Introductory Courses
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Lishinski, Alex; Yadav, Aman – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2021
Research has repeatedly shown self-efficacy to be associated with course outcomes in CS and across other fields. CS education research has documented this and has developed CS-specific self-efficacy measurement instruments, but to date there have been only a few studies examining interventions intended to improve students' self-efficacy in CS, and…
Descriptors: Self Evaluation (Individuals), Intervention, Self Efficacy, Computer Science Education
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Statter, David; Armoni, Michal – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2020
Abstraction is one of the most fundamental ideas in computer science (CS), and as such, according to Bruner, it should be taught spirally, starting as early as possible and revisited at every level of education. However, teaching CS abstraction to novices is a very challenging task, and CS educational research has often demonstrated students'…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Grade 7, Computer Science Education, Abstract Reasoning
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Burgiel, Heidi; Sadler, Philip M.; Sonnert, Gerhard – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2020
The number of computer science (CS) courses has been dramatically expanding in U.S. high schools (HS). In comparison with well-established courses in mathematics and science, little is known about how the decisions made by HS CS teachers regarding how and what to teach impact student performance later in introductory college CS courses. Drawing on…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, High School Students, College Students, High School Teachers
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