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Niloofar Mansoor; Cole S. Peterson; Michael D. Dodd; Bonita Sharif – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2024
Background and Context: Understanding how a student programmer solves different task types in different programming languages is essential to understanding how we can further improve teaching tools to support students to be industry-ready when they graduate. It also provides insight into students' thought processes in different task types and…
Descriptors: Biofeedback, Eye Movements, Computer Science Education, Programming Languages
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Matthieu Branthôme – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2024
This article reports on a design-based research study centered on the conception and the assessment of the "Pyrates" application. This online serious game aims at introducing Python programming to K-12 students while easing the transition from block-based to text-based languages. After we present the various aspects underlying the…
Descriptors: Educational Games, Programming, Elementary Secondary Education, Programming Languages
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Brown, Neil C. C.; Weill-Tessier, Pierre; Sekula, Maksymilian; Costache, Alexandra-Lucia; Kölling, Michael – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2023
Objectives: Java is a popular programming language for use in computing education, but it is difficult to get a wide picture of the issues that it presents for novices; most studies look only at the types or frequency of errors. In this observational study, we aim to learn how novices use different features of the Java language. Participants:…
Descriptors: Novices, Programming, Programming Languages, Data
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Miedema, Daphne; Fletcher, George; Aivaloglou, Efthimia – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2023
Prior studies in the Computer Science education literature have illustrated that novices make many mistakes in composing SQL queries. Query formulation proves to be difficult for students. Only recently, some headway was made towards understanding why SQL leads to so many mistakes, by uncovering student misconceptions. In this article, we shed new…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Novices, Misconceptions, Programming Languages
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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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Kao, Yvonne; Matlen, Bryan; Weintrop, David – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2022
The 1980s and 1990s saw a robust connection between computer science education and cognitive psychology as researchers worked to understand how students learn to program. More recently, academic disciplines such as science and engineering have begun drawing on cognitive psychology research and theories of learning to create instructional materials…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Cognitive Psychology, Transfer of Training, Programming
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Lukkarinen, Aleksi; Malmi, Lauri; Haaranen, Lassi – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2021
During the past two decades, "event-driven programming" (EDP) has emerged as a central and almost ubiquitous concept in modern software development: Graphical user interfaces are self-evident in most mobile and web-based applications, as well as in many embedded systems, and they are most often based on reacting to events. To facilitate…
Descriptors: Programming, Computer Science Education, Computer Software, Literature Reviews
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Thomas, Paul J.; Patel, Devang; Magana, Alejandra J. – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2021
Software modeling is an integral practice for software engineers, especially as the complexity of software solutions increases. Unified Modeling Language (UML) is the industry standard for software modeling. however, it is often used incorrectly and misunderstood by novice software designers. This study is centered around understanding patterns of…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Models, Computer Software, Programming Languages
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Taipalus, Toni; Seppänen, Ville – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2020
Structured Query Language (SQL) skills are crucial in software engineering and computer science. However, teaching SQL effectively requires both pedagogical skill and considerable knowledge of the language. Educators and scholars have proposed numerous considerations for the betterment of SQL education, yet these considerations may be too numerous…
Descriptors: Programming Languages, Computer Science Education, Literature Reviews, Learning Activities
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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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Domínguez, César; Jaime, Arturo; Heras, Jónathan; García-Izquierdo, Francisco J. – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2019
This study analyzes the impact of adding a review exercises module to an online tool used in a software engineering degree program. The objective of the module is to promote students' self-learning effort to improve their performance. We also intend to determine if this new feature has any effect on the amount of code copies detected in lab…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Computer Software, Engineering Education, Computer Science Education
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McCall, Davin; Kölling, Michael – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2019
The types of programming errors that novice programmers make and struggle to resolve have long been of interest to researchers. Various past studies have analyzed the frequency of compiler diagnostic messages. This information, however, does not have a direct correlation to the types of errors students make, due to the inaccuracy and imprecision…
Descriptors: Computer Software, Programming, Error Patterns, Novices
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Taipalus, Toni; Siponen, Mikko; Vartiainen, Tero – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2018
SQL is taught in almost all university level database courses, yet SQL has received relatively little attention in educational research. In this study, we present a database management system independent categorization of SQL query errors that students make in an introductory database course. We base the categorization on previous literature,…
Descriptors: Programming Languages, Database Management Systems, Database Design, College Students
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Brown, Neil C. C.; Altadmri, Amjad – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2017
Teaching is the process of conveying knowledge and skills to learners. It involves preventing misunderstandings or correcting misconceptions that learners have acquired. Thus, effective teaching relies on solid knowledge of the discipline, but also a good grasp of where learners are likely to trip up or misunderstand. In programming, there is much…
Descriptors: Novices, Programming Languages, Programming, Error Patterns
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Cosma, Georgina; Joy, Mike; Sinclair, Jane; Andreou, Margarita; Zhang, Dongyong; Cook, Beverley; Boyatt, Russell – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2017
Perspectives of students on what constitutes source-code plagiarism may differ based on their educational background. Surveys have been conducted with home students undertaking computing and joint computing subject degrees at higher education institutions throughout the UK, China, and South Cyprus, and a total of 984 responses have been…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Plagiarism, Student Attitudes
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