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    Programming: Factors that Influence Success

    Bergin, Susan and Reilly, Ronan (2005) Programming: Factors that Influence Success. In: SIGCSE '05 Proceedings of the 36th SIGCSE technical symposium on Computer science education. ACM, pp. 411-415. ISBN 1581139977

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    This paper documents a study, carried out in the academic year 2003-2004, on fifteen factors that may influence performance on a first year object-oriented programming module. The factors included prior academic experience, prior computer experience, self-perception of programming performance and comfort level on the module and specific cognitive skills. The study found that a student's perception of their understanding of the module had the strongest correlation with programming performance, r=0.76, p‹0.01. In addition, Leaving Certificate (LC) mathematics and science scores were shown to have a strong correlation with performance. A regression module, based upon a student's perception of their understanding of the module, gender, LC mathematics score and comfort level was able to account for 79% of the variance in programming performance results.

    Item Type: Book Section
    Keywords: CS1; Programming; Predictors; computer science education;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Computer Science
    Item ID: 8209
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    Depositing User: Prof. Ronan Reilly
    Date Deposited: 15 May 2017 14:46
    Publisher: ACM
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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