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A survey of literature on the teaching of introductory programming

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Marie Devlin


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Three decades of active research on the teaching of introductory programming has had limited effect on classroom practice. Although relevant research exists across several disciplines including education and cognitive science, disciplinary differences have made this material inaccessible to many computing educators. Furthermore, computer science instructors have not had access to a comprehensive survey of research in this area. This paper collects and classifies this literature, identifies important work and mediates it to computing educators and professional bodies. We identify research that gives well-supported advice to computing academics teaching introductory programming. Limitations and areas of incomplete coverage of existing research efforts are also identified. The analysis applies publication and research quality metrics developed by a previous ITiCSE working group [74].

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Author(s): Pears A, Seidman S, Malmi L, Mannila L, Adams E, Bennedsen J, Devlin M, Paterson J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Inroads - SIGCSE Bulletin

Year: 2007

Volume: 39

Issue: 4

Pages: 204-223

Online publication date: 01/12/2007

ISSN (print): 2153-2184

ISSN (electronic): 2153-2192

Publisher: Association for Computing Machinery


DOI: 10.1145/1345443.1345441

Notes: ITiCSE 2007 Working Group Reports.


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