Collaborative learning : towards a solution for novice programmers

Teague, Donna M. & Roe, Paul (2008) Collaborative learning : towards a solution for novice programmers. In Tenth Australasian Computing Education Conference, 22-25 January, Woolongong, NSW.

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Students continue to struggle with learning to program, for reasons that we hypothesise are not solely cognitive. This paper reports on the results of a survey indicating that as students progress through a first programming unit, they enjoy it less, find it more difficult than they expected, and have less confidence in being able to successfully complete it. The students also believed that collaborative learning would have a beneficial impact on their learning outcomes and make studying programming more engaging, interactive, and fun. As a precursor to trialling collaborative problem solving and programming in introductory programming units at QUT, collaborative learning and its potential positive effect on the learning outcomes of programming students is investigated.

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ID Code: 17818
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Collaborative learning, Novice programmers, Collaborative programming, HERN
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Science Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy (130212)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Australian Computer Society Inc.
Copyright Statement: Copyright © 2008, Australian Computer Society, Inc. This
paper appeared at the Tenth Australasian Computing Education
Conference (ACE2008), Wollongong, Australia, January 2008.
Conferences in Research and Practice in Information
Technology, Vol. 78. Simon and Margaret Hamilton, Eds.
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Deposited On: 16 Feb 2009 01:47
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