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Using students’ reflections to understand their perceptions in introductory programming learning
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, Centre for Informatics and Systems – Univ. Coimbra & Engineering Institute of Polytechnic of Coimbra, Portugal ; , , Centre for Informatics and Systems – Univ. Coimbra, Portugal

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Amsterdam, Netherlands Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

Learning computer programming is recognized to be problematic for many students. In the context of a wider study, which aims to design a pedagogical strategy for introductory programming learning, we decided to use some less conventional activities. In that context, we asked students to write biweekly reflections about their learning difficulties, the strengths and weaknesses of classes and exercises. We also encouraged them to suggest possible improvements in the teaching/learning process. After each deadline, the teacher tried to identify aspects that needed his intervention to address individual needs or to improve the learning process. At the end of the course, we did a detailed and systematic analysis of all student’s reflections, looking for clues that can be used to refine the overall pedagogical strategy.

Citation

Gomes, A., Marcelino, M.J. & Mendes, A.J. (2018). Using students’ reflections to understand their perceptions in introductory programming learning. In T. Bastiaens, J. Van Braak, M. Brown, L. Cantoni, M. Castro, R. Christensen, G. Davidson-Shivers, K. DePryck, M. Ebner, M. Fominykh, C. Fulford, S. Hatzipanagos, G. Knezek, K. Kreijns, G. Marks, E. Sointu, E. Korsgaard Sorensen, J. Viteli, J. Voogt, P. Weber, E. Weippl & O. Zawacki-Richter (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (pp. 789-797). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved April 23, 2021 from .

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