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Understanding novice programmers: their perceptions and motivations
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, , , University of Ballarat, Australia

ASCILITE - Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Annual Conference, ISBN 978-0-473-22989-4 Publisher: Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education

Abstract

This paper presents the initial findings of an ongoing research program eliciting a basic understanding of students undertaking a first year programming course at the Univers ity of Ballarat, with a particular focus on their motivations and aspirations. This paper also provides a brief history of the course within its institutional setting including the different strategies that have been implemented over the last decade, an overview of the overarching study that is currently being undertaken, a discussion of some of the initial results, as well as a short discussion further research that is currently being undertaken. Results from the initial study indicate that students are positive coming into our courses but can become disillusioned as the course progresses. The research path forward will also be presented along with the discussion of these initial findings.

Citation

Turville, K., Meredith, G. & Smith, P. (2012). Understanding novice programmers: their perceptions and motivations. In M. Brown, M. Hartnett & T. Stewart (Eds.), Proceedings of ASCILITE - Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Annual Conference 2012. Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education. Retrieved May 23, 2019 from .

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