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    The influence of motivation and comfort-level on learning to program

    Bergin, Susan and Reilly, Ronan (2005) The influence of motivation and comfort-level on learning to program. In: Proceedings of the 17th Workshop of the Psychology of Programming Interest Group, PPIG 05. University of Sussex, Brighton, UK, June 2005. Psychology of Programming Interest Group, pp. 293-304.

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    This paper documents a study, carried out in the academic year 2004-2005, on the role of motivation and comfort-level in a first year object-oriented programming module. The study found that intrinsic motivation had a strong correlation with programming performance as did self-efficacy for learning and performance, r=0.512, p < 0.01 and r=0.567, p < 0.01 respectively. Aspects of comfort level were found to have significant correlations with performance with an instrument on programming-esteem rendering the most interesting results. A regression model based upon these factors was able to account for 60% of the variance in programming performance results.

    Item Type: Book Section
    Keywords: motivation; comfort-level; learning to program; first year object-oriented programming module;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Computer Science
    Item ID: 8685
    Depositing User: Dr. Susan Bergin
    Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2017 11:09
    Publisher: Psychology of Programming Interest Group
    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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