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Deepti Tagare – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2024
Background and Objective: Teacher assessment research suggests that teachers have good conceptual understanding of CT. However, to model CT-based problem-solving in their classrooms, teachers need to develop the ability to recognize when and how to apply CT skills. Does existing professional development (PD) equip teachers to know when and how to…
Descriptors: Computation, Thinking Skills, Elementary Secondary Education, Predictor Variables
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Muldner, Kasia; Jennings, Jay; Chiarelli, Veronica – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2023
This article reviews literature on worked examples in the context of programming activities. We focus on two types of examples, namely, code-tracing and code-generation, because there is sufficient research on these to warrant a review. We synthesize key results according to themes that emerged from the review. This synthesis aims to provide…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Programming, Computer Science Education, Literature Reviews
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Pelánek, Radek; Effenberger, Tomáš – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2023
To provide practice and assessment of computational thinking, we need specific problems students can solve. There are many such problems, but they are hard to find. Learning environments and assessments often use only specific types of problems and thus do not cover computational thinking in its whole scope. We provide an extensive catalog of…
Descriptors: Computation, Thinking Skills, Problem Solving, Learning Activities
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Bhagya Munasinghe; Tim Bell; Anthony Robins – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2023
In learning to program and understanding how a programming language controls a computer, learners develop both insights and misconceptions whilst their mental models are gradually refined. It is important that the learner is able to distinguish the different elements and roles of a computer (compiler, interpreter, memory, etc.), which novice…
Descriptors: Computation, Thinking Skills, Programming, Programming Languages
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Groeneveld, Wouter; Vennekens, Joost; Aerts, Kris – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2022
As the importance of non-technical skills in the software engineering industry increases, the skill sets of graduates match less and less with industry expectations. A growing body of research exists that attempts to identify this skill gap. However, only few so far explicitly compare opinions of the industry with what is currently being taught in…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Computer Software, Job Skills, College Graduates
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Wiegand, R. Paul; Bucci, Anthony; Kumar, Amruth N.; Albert, Jennifer; Gaspar, Alessio – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2022
In this article, we leverage ideas from the theory of coevolutionary computation to analyze interactions of students with problems. We introduce the idea of "informatively" easy or hard concepts. Our approach is different from more traditional analyses of problem difficulty such as item analysis in the sense that we consider Pareto…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Difficulty Level, Computer Science Education, Problem Solving
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Lai, Rina P. Y. – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2022
Computational Thinking (CT), entailing both domain-general and domain-specific skills, is a competency fundamental to computing education and beyond. However, as a cross-domain competency, appropriate assessment design and method remain equivocal. Indeed, the majority of the existing assessments have a predominant focus on measuring programming…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Testing, Computation, Thinking Skills, Computer Science Education
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Luo, Feiya; Israel, Maya; Gane, Brian – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2022
There is little empirical research related to how elementary students develop computational thinking (CT) and how they apply CT in problem-solving. To address this gap in knowledge, this study made use of learning trajectories (LTs; hypothesized learning goals, progressions, and activities) in CT concept areas such as sequence, repetition,…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Computation, Thinking Skills, Learning Trajectories
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Minnes, Mia; Serslev, Sheena Ghanbari; Padilla, Omar – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2021
Summer internships present an opportunity for Computer Science (CS) students to expand and test their skills in "the real world." These multi-faceted experiences call on students to use technical tools and critical thinking in collaboration with others to solve problems. There are many opportunities for learning and growth: which of…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Student Satisfaction, Undergraduate Students, Value Judgment
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Margulieux, Lauren E.; Morrison, Brian B.; Franke, Baker; Ramilison, Harivololona – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2020
The subgoal learning framework has improved performance for novice programmers in higher education, but it has only started to be applied and studied in K-12 (primary/secondary). Programming education in K-12 is growing, and many international initiatives are attempting to increase participation, including curricular initiatives like Computer…
Descriptors: Programming, Computer Science Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Coding
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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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Miller, Craig S.; Settle, Amber – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2019
We investigate conditions in which novices make some reference errors when programming. We asked students from introductory programming courses to perform a simple code-writing task that required constructing references to objects and their attributes. By experimentally manipulating the nature of the attributes in the tasks, from identifying…
Descriptors: Error Patterns, Novices, Programming, Introductory Courses
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Johnson, Philip – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2019
Modern web application development provides an attractive application area for introductory software engineering education, as students have direct experience with the domain and it provides them with the potential to gain practical, real-world skills. Achieving this potential requires the development of competency with a multiple component tech…
Descriptors: Computer Software, Engineering Education, Computer Science Education, Design
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Denner, Jill; Campe, Shannon; Werner, Linda – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2019
It is widely believed that there are educational benefits to making computer games, but there is no systematic review of research on this topic. This article describes a meta-synthesis of research on children designing and programming computer games that investigates the extent to which there is evidence of benefits for computer science learning…
Descriptors: Computer Games, Design, Programming, Children
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Lakanen, Antti-Jussi; Kärkkäinen, Tommi – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2019
Short-term outreach interventions are conducted to raise young students' awareness of the computer science (CS) field. Typically, these interventions are targeted at K--12 students, attempting to encourage them to study CS in higher education. This study is based on a series of extra-curricular outreach events that introduced students to the…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Programming, Outreach Programs, Intervention
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