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Learning to program : from pear-shaped to pairs

Teague, Donna M. & Roe, Paul (2009) Learning to program : from pear-shaped to pairs. In Proceedings of the First International Conference on Computer Supported Education, The Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication (INSTICC Press), Lisboa, Portugal, pp. 151-158.

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Abstract

The consistently high failure rate in Queensland University of Technology’s introductory programming subject reflects a similar dilemma facing other universities worldwide. Experiments were conducted to quantify the effectiveness of collaborative learning on introductory level programming students over a number of semesters, replicating previous studies in this area. A selection of workshops in the introductory programming subject required students to problem-solve and program in pairs, mimicking the eXtreme Programming concept of pair programming. The failure rate for the subject fell from what had been an average of 30% since 2003 (with a high of 41% in 2006), to just 5% for those students who worked consistently in pairs.

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ID Code: 29995
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Pair programming, collaborative learning, learning to program
ISBN: 9789898111821
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 2009 INSTICC
Deposited On: 02 Feb 2010 08:04
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2012 15:44

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