A review of introductory programming research 2003–2017

Andrew Luxton-Reilly, Simon, Ibrahim Albluwi, Brett A. Becker, Michail Giannakos, Amruth N. Kumar, Linda Ott, James Paterson, Michael James Scott, Judy Sheard, Claudia Szabo

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    A broad review of research on the teaching and learning of programming was conducted by Robins et al. in 2003. Since this work there have been several reviews of research concerned with the teaching and learning of programming, in particular introductory programming. However, these reviews have focused on highly specific aspects, such as student misconceptions, teaching approaches, program comprehension, potentially seminal papers, research methods applied, automated feedback for exercises, competency-enhancing games, and program visualisation. While these aspects encompass a wide range of issues, they do not cover the full scope of research into novice programming. Some notable areas that have not been reviewed are assessment, academic integrity and novice student attitudes to programming. There does not appear to have been a comprehensive review of research into introductory programming since that of Robins et al. It is therefore timely to conduct and present such a review in order to gain an understanding of the research focuses, to highlight advances in knowledge since 2003, and to indicate possible future directions for research.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationITiCSE’18 - Proceedings of the 23rd Annual ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education
    EditorsIrene Polycarpou, Janet C. Read, Panayiotis Andreou, Michal Armoni
    Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
    Number of pages2
    ISBN (Electronic)9781450357074
    Publication statusPublished - 2018
    EventAnnual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education 2018 - Larnaca, Cyprus
    Duration: 2 Jul 20184 Jul 2018
    Conference number: 23rd
    https://dl.acm.org/doi/proceedings/10.1145/3197091 (Proceedings)


    ConferenceAnnual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education 2018
    Abbreviated titleITiCSE 2018
    Internet address


    • CS1
    • Introductory programming
    • ITiCSE working group
    • Novice programming
    • Systematic literature review

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