Behaviors of higher and lower performing students in CS1

Soohyun Nam Liao, Sander Valstar, Kevin Thai, Christine Alvarado, Daniel Zingaro, William G. Griswold, Leo Porter

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Abstract

Although recent work in computing has discovered multiple techniques to identify low-performing students in a course, it is unclear what factors contribute to those students’ difficulties. If we were able to better understand the characteristics of such students, we may be better able to help those students. This work examines the characteristics of low- and high-performing students through interviews with students from an introductory computing class. We identify a number of relevant areas of student behavior including how they approach their exam studies, how they approach completing programming assignments, whether they sought help after identifying misunderstandings, how and from whom they sought help, and how they reflected on assignments after submitting them. Particular behaviors within each area are coded and differences between groups of students are identified.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationITiCSE 2019 - Proceedings of the 2019 ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages196-202
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781450363013
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2 2019
Event2019 ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education, ITiCSE 2019 - Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Duration: Jul 15 2019Jul 17 2019

Publication series

NameAnnual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education, ITiCSE
ISSN (Print)1942-647X

Conference

Conference2019 ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education, ITiCSE 2019
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityAberdeen
Period7/15/197/17/19

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Education

Keywords

  • CS1
  • Student behaviors
  • Student interviews
  • Student performance

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