Student concerns in introductory programming courses

Angela Carbone, Jason David Ceddia, Simon, Daryl D'Souza, Raina Mason

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Student evaluations of courses across many Australian universities typically give students the option to comment on the best aspects of a course and those aspects that they believe need improving. Such comments have been collated from students in introductory programming courses at four Australian universities. In this paper we present the results of a thematic analysis to see whether there are common themes to the areas students consider most in need of improvement. We have undertaken this study to gain an understanding of the student concerns in introductory programming courses, in the expectation that a framework could be developed to assist academics with reviewing their courses in subsequent offerings. We have found that at all institutions the main focuses of student comments are the course as a whole and the assessment, although at different universities the comments focus on different aspects of these items.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputing Educaiton 2013 - Proceedings of the Fifteenth Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE 2013)
EditorsAngela Carbone, Jacqueline Whalley
Place of PublicationSydney, NSW
PublisherAustralian Computer Society Inc
Pages41 - 50
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781921770210
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventAustralasian Computing Education Conference 2013 - Adelaide, Australia
Duration: 29 Jan 20131 Feb 2013
Conference number: 15th (Proceedings)


ConferenceAustralasian Computing Education Conference 2013
Abbreviated titleACE 2013
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  • Education quality in ICT
  • ICT Education
  • Teaching strategy
  • Thematic analysis

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