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Chen, Chen; Haduong, Paulina; Brennan, Karen; Sonnert, Gerhard; Sadler, Philip – Computer Science Education, 2019
Background and Context: The relationship between novices' first programming language and their future achievement has drawn increasing interest owing to recent efforts to expand K-12 computing education. This article contributes to this topic by analyzing data from a retrospective study of more than 10,000 undergraduates enrolled in introductory…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Programming Languages, College Students, Computer Attitudes
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Ben-David Kolikant, Yifat; ma'ayan, Ze'ev – Computer Science Education, 2018
Higher-education students now have more alternatives for searching for information than previous generations had. The Internet is a vast ocean of information sources, albeit with diverse reliability and quality. In Web 2.0 platforms, any participant can be a content creator. This reality is challenging for both the instructors and the students. We…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Higher Education, Internet, Web 2.0 Technologies
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Berre, Arne J.; Huang, Shihong; Murad, Hani; Alibakhsh, Hanieh – Computer Science Education, 2018
This article presents the results of observations and analyses of students' learning model-driven system development from two related courses taught at a university in Norway and at a university in the United States in 2015, and consequently, in an updated version in 2016. The motivation of this article is to understand and analyse how effective…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Computer Software, Foreign Countries, Problem Solving
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Pon-Barry, Heather; Packard, Becky Wai-Ling; St. John, Audrey – Computer Science Education, 2017
A dilemma within computer science departments is developing sustainable ways to expand capacity within introductory computer science courses while remaining committed to inclusive practices. Training near-peer mentors for peer code review is one solution. This paper describes the preparation of near-peer mentors for their role, with a focus on…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Mentors, Peer Teaching, Feedback (Response)
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Ben-David Kolikant, Yifat; Genut, Sara – Computer Science Education, 2017
In line with the growing interest in extending the diversity of CS students, we examined the performance of a unique group of students studying an introductory course in Digital logic: ultraorthodox Jewish men, whose previous education was based mostly on studying Talmud and who lacked a conventional high-school education. We used questions from…
Descriptors: Jews, Males, Prior Learning, Computer Science Education
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Rodriguez, Sarah L.; Lehman, Kathleen – Computer Science Education, 2017
This theoretical paper explores the need for enhanced, intersectional computing identity theory for the purpose of developing a diverse group of computer scientists for the future. Greater theoretical understanding of the identity formation process specifically for computing is needed in order to understand how students come to understand…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Self Concept, Professional Identity, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Nutbrown, Stephen; Higgins, Colin – Computer Science Education, 2016
This article explores the suitability of static analysis techniques based on the abstract syntax tree (AST) for the automated assessment of early/mid degree level programming. Focus is on fairness, timeliness and consistency of grades and feedback. Following investigation into manual marking practises, including a survey of markers, the assessment…
Descriptors: Programming, Grading, Evaluation Methods, Feedback (Response)
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Hamouda, Sally; Shaffer, Clifford A. – Computer Science Education, 2016
In this paper, we study the relationship between the use of "crib sheets" or "cheat sheets" and performance on in-class exams. Our extensive survey of the existing literature shows that it is not decisive on the questions of when or whether crib sheets actually help students to either perform better on an exam or better learn…
Descriptors: Cheating, Documentation, Data, Evaluation Methods
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Mason, Raina; Seton, Carolyn; Cooper, Graham – Computer Science Education, 2016
Cognitive load theory (CLT) was used to redesign a Database Systems course for Information Technology students. The redesign was intended to address poor student performance and low satisfaction, and to provide a more relevant foundation in database design and use for subsequent studies and industry. The original course followed the conventional…
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Difficulty Level, Databases, Information Technology
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Becker, Brett A.; Glanville, Graham; Iwashima, Ricardo; McDonnell, Claire; Goslin, Kyle; Mooney, Catherine – Computer Science Education, 2016
Programming is an essential skill that many computing students are expected to master. However, programming can be difficult to learn. Successfully interpreting compiler error messages (CEMs) is crucial for correcting errors and progressing toward success in programming. Yet these messages are often difficult to understand and pose a barrier to…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Programming, Novices, Error Patterns
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Ott, Claudia; Robins, Anthony; Haden, Patricia; Shephard, Kerry – Computer Science Education, 2015
In higher education, quality feedback for students is regarded as one of the main contributors to improve student learning. Feedback to support students' development into self-regulated learners, who set their own goals, self-monitor their actual performance according to these goals, and adjust learning strategies if necessary, is seen as an…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Learning Strategies, Introductory Courses, College Students
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Beyer, Sylvia – Computer Science Education, 2014
This study addresses why women are underrepresented in Computer Science (CS). Data from 1319 American first-year college students (872 female and 447 male) indicate that gender differences in computer self-efficacy, stereotypes, interests, values, interpersonal orientation, and personality exist. If students had had a positive experience in their…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Females, Womens Education, Disproportionate Representation
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Vahrenhold, Jan; Paul, Wolfgang – Computer Science Education, 2014
We report on the development, validation, and implementation of a collection of test items designed to detect misconceptions related to first-year computer science courses. To this end, we reworked the development scheme proposed by Almstrum et al. ("SIGCSE Bulletin" 38(4):132-145, 2006) to include students' artifacts and to…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Introductory Courses, Test Items, Evaluation Methods
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Sorva, Juha; Lönnberg, Jan; Malmi, Lauri – Computer Science Education, 2013
Visual program simulation (VPS) is a new, interactive form of educational program visualisation, in which learners use graphical controls to direct a program's execution rather than simply watching an animation of it. In this article, we report on a qualitative empirical study of novice programmers learning through VPS. From an analysis of…
Descriptors: Visualization, Computer Uses in Education, Interviews, Observation
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Moll, Mark; Bordeaux, Janice; Kavraki, Lydia E. – Computer Science Education, 2013
Motion planning is a core problem in robotics concerned with finding feasible paths for a given robot. Motion planning algorithms perform a search in the high-dimensional continuous space of robot configurations and exemplify many of the core algorithmic concepts of search algorithms and associated data structures. Motion planning algorithms can…
Descriptors: Computer Software, Active Learning, Student Projects, Robotics
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