Befriending computer programming: a proposed approach to teaching introductory programming

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Miliszewska, Iwona and Tan, Grace (2007) Befriending computer programming: a proposed approach to teaching introductory programming. Issues in Informing Science and Information Technology, 4. pp. 277-289. ISSN 1547-5840 (print) 1547-5867 (online)


The problems encountered by students in first year computer programming units are a common concern in many universities including Victoria University. A fundamental component of a com- puter science curriculum, computer programming is a mandatory unit in a computing course. It is also one of the most feared and hated units by many novice computing students who, having failed or performed poorly in a programming unit, often drop out from a course. This article dis- cusses some of the difficulties experienced by first year programming students, and reviews some of the initiatives undertaken to counter the problems. The article also reports on the first stage of a current research project at Victoria University that aims to develop a bala nced approach to teach- ing first year programming units; its goal is to ‘b efriend’ computer programming to help promote success among new programming students.

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Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
Current > Division/Research > College of Science and Engineering
Keywords automated assessment, introductory computer programming, programming support, student mentors, Victoria University, Melbourne
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