Contemporary developments in teaching and learning introductory programming: Towards a research proposal
Bruce, Christine S. & McMahon, Camille A. (2002) Contemporary developments in teaching and learning introductory programming: Towards a research proposal. Faculty of Information Technology, QUT Teaching & Learning Report.
The teaching and learning of introductory programming in tertiary institutions is problematic. Failure rates are high and the inability of students to complete small programming tasks at the completion of introductory units is not unusual. The literature on teaching programming contains many examples of changes in teaching strategies and curricula that have been implemented in an effort to reduce failure rates. This paper analyses contemporary research into the area, and summarises developments in the teaching of introductory programming. It also focuses on areas for future research which will potentially lead to improvements in both the teaching and learning of introductory programming. A graphical representation of the issues from the literature that are covered in the document is provided in the introduction.
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