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Malik, Sohail Iqbal; Mathew, Roy; Al-Nuaimi, Rim; Al-Sideiri, Abir; Coldwell-Neilson, Jo – Education and Information Technologies, 2019
Problem solving skills are considered an integral part of grasping the precise concepts of the programming domain for novices in introductory programming (IP) courses. But these skills are mostly covered only in early lectures of such courses or are included in just a few early chapters of some relevant textbooks. Consequently, high failure and…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Skill Development, Electronic Learning, Handheld Devices
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Malik, Sohail Iqbal; Coldwell-Neilson, Jo – Education and Information Technologies, 2018
This study reports on gender differences in an introductory programming (IP) course that uses a new teaching and learning approach based on the ADRI (Approach, Deployment, Result, Improvement) model. The teaching materials of the IP course were redesigned based on the new approach. The grades of the final exam were compared to determine the impact…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Introductory Courses, Programming, Teaching Methods
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Malik, Sohail Iqbal; Coldwell-Neilson, Jo – Education and Information Technologies, 2017
High failure and drop-out rates from introductory programming courses continue to be of significant concern to computer science disciplines despite extensive research attempting to address the issue. In this study, we include the three entities of the didactic triangle, instructors, students and curriculum, to explore the learning difficulties…
Descriptors: Programming, Barriers, Introductory Courses, Student Attitudes
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Dew, Robert; Goscinski, Andrzej; Coldwell-Neilson, Jo – Education and Information Technologies, 2016
Although Australian students spend three or more years studying they can seem quite unaware of any of the expected learning outcomes of their course. They are often single unit focused, paying most attention to individual assessment items thus not developing a holistic view of their course. This paper presents a theoretical framework to support…
Descriptors: Models, Outcomes of Education, Foreign Countries, Case Studies