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Medeiros, Rodrigo Pessoa; Ramalho, Geber Lisboa; Falcão, Taciana Pontual – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2019
Contribution: This paper adds to the results of previous systematic literature reviews by addressing a more contemporary context of introductory programming. It proposes a categorization of introductory programming challenges, and highlights key issues for a research roadmap on introductory programming learning and teaching in higher education.…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Programming, Computer Science Education, Higher Education
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Johnson, Aaron W.; Blackburn, Max W.; Su, Magel P.; Finelli, Cynthia J. – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2019
Contribution: This paper presents evidence demonstrating ways in which flexible classrooms (which have movable tables and chairs that can be rearranged into different layouts) afford active learning. It highlights the quantitative increase in active learning that occurs for one instructor and discusses how the affordances of the flexible classroom…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Classroom Design, Furniture, Active Learning
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Sapounidis, Theodosios; Stamovlasis, Dimitrios; Demetriadis, Stavros – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2019
Contribution: Prior studies on tangible versus graphical user interfaces have reported controversial findings concerning children's preferences. This paper shows that their preference profiles in the domain of introductory programming are associated with gender and age for both interfaces. Background: The relevant literature mainly consists of…
Descriptors: Preferences, Profiles, Robotics, Introductory Courses
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Rennick, Christopher; Hulls, Carol C. W.; McKay, Kenneth N. – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2019
Contribution: A semester-long, open-ended design project was implemented to promote intellectual development of first-year students while reinforcing event-driven/procedural programming principles. This paper describes this approach, and an evaluation strategy using Perry's model for intellectual development. The results show that students can…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Engineering Education, Active Learning, Student Projects
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Anupam, Aditya; Gupta, Ridhima; Naeemi, Azad; JafariNaimi, Nassim – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2018
Quantum mechanics (QMs) is a foundational subject in many science and engineering fields. It is difficult to teach, however, as it requires a fundamental revision of the assumptions and laws of classical physics and probability. Furthermore, introductory QM courses and texts predominantly focus on the mathematical formulations of the subject and…
Descriptors: Quantum Mechanics, Experiential Learning, Introductory Courses, Educational Games
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Debiec, Piotr – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2018
In the Internet era, students have increasingly lost interest in traditional lectures; as a consequence, their learning motivation and exam performance have decreased. The widespread adoption of learner-centered teaching methods that address this issue faces certain barriers, including: 1) the significant faculty effort necessary to prepare…
Descriptors: Student Centered Learning, Teaching Methods, Electronic Learning, Computer Mediated Communication
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Smith, Max O.; Giugliano, Andrew; DeOrio, Andrew – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2018
Contribution: This paper provides evidence for the benefits of pair programming early in the curriculum on student performance later in the curriculum. It also confirms the short term benefits of partnerships at scale. Background: Engineers often work in teams, both in industry and in academia. Previous work has shown that partnered programming…
Descriptors: Programming, Teamwork, Computer Science Education, Grade Point Average
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Peteranetz, Markeya S.; Flanigan, Abraham E.; Shell, Duane F.; Soh, Leen-Kiat – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2018
Contribution: This paper provides evidence that computational creativity exercises (CCEs) can increase engineering students' learning in introductory computer science (CS1) courses. Its main contribution is its more rigorous treatment/control group research design that allows testing for causal influences of CCEs on student learning and…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Evidence Based Practice, Problem Solving, Control Groups
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Albluwi, Ibrahim – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2018
Contribution: This paper shows how significantly computer science instructors can disagree when grading code writing questions in introductory computer science (CS1) exams. Certain solutions are considered "very good" by some instructors and "very bad" by others. The study identifies four factors as possible contributors to…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Computer Science Education, Teacher Attitudes, Grading
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Oliveira, Luis Bica; Paulino, Nuno; Oliveira, João P.; Santos-Tavares, Rui; Pereira, Nuno; Goes, João – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2017
The two projects presented in this paper can be used either as two separate assignments in two different semesters or as a final assignment for undergraduate students of electrical engineering. They have two main objectives: first, to teach basic electronic circuit design concepts and, second, to motivate the students to learn more about analog…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Projects, Electronics, Telecommunications
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Purao, Sandeep; Sein, Maung; Nilsen, Hallgeir; Larsen, Even Åby – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2017
The ideal of self-paced learning, which was introduced nearly 50 years ago by Keller in his Personalized System of Instruction (PSI), has not yet been widely adopted. In spite of its perceived promise of helping students to learn at the speed aligned to their individual backgrounds, motivation, and skills, PSI has been challenging to implement.…
Descriptors: Individualized Instruction, Pacing, Introductory Courses, Programming
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Peteranetz, Markeya S.; Flanigan, Abraham E.; Shell, Duane F.; Soh, Leen-Kiat – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2017
Computational thinking and creative thinking are valuable tools both within and outside of computer science (CS). The goal of the project discussed here is to increase students' achievement in CS courses through a series of computational creativity exercises (CCEs). In this paper, the framework of CCEs is described, and the results of two separate…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Introductory Courses, Metacognition, Engineering Education
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Cabrera, Ignacio; Villalon, Jorge; Chavez, Jorge – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2017
In recent years, engineering education teachers have needed to incorporate technology-supported collaboration to enhance learning. Implementing these activities requires course redesign, which must be meticulous for their full potential to be reached. This can require a lot of work for first time users, which can be a barrier to implementation.…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Programming, Introductory Courses, Learner Engagement
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Silva-Maceda, Gabriela; Arjona-Villicaña, P. David; Castillo-Barrera, F. Edgar – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2016
Learning to program is a complex task, and the impact of different pedagogical approaches to teach this skill has been hard to measure. This study examined the performance data of seven cohorts of students (N = 1168) learning programming under three different pedagogical approaches. These pedagogical approaches varied either in the length of the…
Descriptors: Programming, Teaching Methods, Intermode Differences, Cohort Analysis
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Reisslein, Jana; Johnson, Amy M.; Reisslein, Martin – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2015
Learning the analysis of electrical circuits represented by circuit diagrams is often challenging for novice students. An open research question in electrical circuit analysis instruction is whether color coding of the mathematical symbols (variables) that denote electrical quantities can improve circuit analysis learning. The present study…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Electronics, Color Planning, High School Students
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