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A Strategy to Increase Students’ Motivation and Decrease Dropout Rates on Computer Programming Courses in a Public Institute of Education and Technology

, The Federal Institute of Education and Technology at at Sertao Pernambucano - IF Sertao-PE, Brazil ; , Hameen University of Applied Sciences - HAMK, Finland ; , The Federal Institute of Education and Technology at Santa Catarina - IFSC, United States ; , Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, School of Vocational Teacher Education, Finland ; , Hameen University of Applied Sciences - HAMK, Hameenlinna, Finland

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada ISBN 978-1-939797-16-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


This paper is a report on a exploratory design research of educational intervention conducted on a public institute of education and technology. The institution of 3,000 students is an important regional educator in Sao Francisco Valley, which is known as one of the poorest areas in Brazil. There are remarkable problems of dropout rates in the school. The educational intervention presented here offers a new strategy to mitigate dropout rates by re-designing teaching of computer programming courses on the basis of a student-centered approach with emphasis on guided participation and project-based learning. The hypothesis is that these methods engage and motivate learners, and empower the learning community to support studying, in a more efficient way.


Correia, A., Ryymin, E., Pacheco, F., Aarreniemi-Jokipelto, P. & Joyce, B. (2015). A Strategy to Increase Students’ Motivation and Decrease Dropout Rates on Computer Programming Courses in a Public Institute of Education and Technology. In S. Carliner, C. Fulford & N. Ostashewski (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia 2015--World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (pp. 1171-1176). Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved February 18, 2019 from .


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