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Approaches to learning in computer programming students and their effect on success

de Raadt, Michael, Hamilton, Margaret, Lister, Raymond, Tutty, Jodi, Baker, Bob, Box, Ilona, Cutts, Quintin, Fincher, Sally, Hamer, John, Haden, Patricia, Petre, Marian, Robins, Anthony, Simon, Sutton, Ken and Tolhurst, Denise (2005). Approaches to learning in computer programming students and their effect on success. In: Brew, A and Asmar, C Annual International HerdsaConference 2005, Sydney, NSW, 3-6 July 2005.

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Author de Raadt, Michael
Hamilton, Margaret
Lister, Raymond
Tutty, Jodi
Baker, Bob
Box, Ilona
Cutts, Quintin
Fincher, Sally
Hamer, John
Haden, Patricia
Petre, Marian
Robins, Anthony
Simon
Sutton, Ken
Tolhurst, Denise
Title Approaches to learning in computer programming students and their effect on success
Conference Name Annual International HerdsaConference 2005
Conference Location Sydney, NSW
Conference Dates 3-6 July 2005
Conference Publication Title Proceedings of the 2005 Annual Conference of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australia Inc. (Herdsa)
Editor Brew, A
Asmar, C
Place of Publication Milperra, NSW
Publisher Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australia
Publication Year 2005
Volume Number 28
ISBN 0-908557-62-0   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 407
End Page 414
Total Pages 8
Field of Research 1399 - Other Education
0899 - Other Information and Computing Sciences
HERDC Category E1 - Conference Publication (DEST)
Abstract Within education research there has been sustained interest in developing models that can predict, or alternatively explain, student success. In computing education, attempts have been made to predict success in programming courses. Models previously used in this area have included a range of demographic, cognitive and social factors. Th ese models emphasise presage factors. Biggs' 3P general model of student learning, by comparison, measures attitudinal factors. Th is multinational, multi-institutional study investigates the effectiveness of an attitudinal measure, deep and surface approaches to learning (Biggs R-SPQ-2F questionnaire), to explain the success of students in introductory programming courses. This is then compared to both a cognitive and a demographic measure. The results indicate that across the eleven institutions in three countries the strongest correlation to success was found with the learning approach.
Keyword Learning approaches
Introductory programming
Description for Link Link to conference paper
URL http://conference.herdsa.org.au/2005/pdf/refereed/paper_235.pdf
 
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