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M.S. in Education


Herman O. Torge


There are great differences in performance among students taking high school programming courses, and instructors debate over what elements contribute to these differences. Some students develop logical thinking abilities and problem solving techniques, while others fail to develop skills beyond memorization of specific terms and procedures. It is not known whether these differences are causally related to the specific educational environment or student backgrounds. Without more information, the factors that actually contribute to the success of high school students in computer programming courses cannot be accurately determined. It was the purpose of this study then to isolate certain student characteristics and background data and determine their relationship to success in the computer programming course.


Computer programming study, computer programming teaching

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