Some Pedagogical Considerations in Teaching First-Year Programming

By June Mogensen and Tim Roberts.

Published by The Learner Collection

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This paper is addressed to educators and administrators planning to offer an introductory programming course (CS1) to first-year students, either as an entirely new offering, or as a replacement for, or modification of, an existing offering. The authors attempt to highlight some of the lessons learnt by educators in their various pedagogical approaches to generating interesting and engaging real-world experiences for the next generation of CS1 students. Ultimately, those charged with the responsibility of planning and developing CS1 should be guided by past theory and practice when selecting the best available options for their particular circumstances.

Keywords: Collaborative Learning, CS1, Extreme Programming, Group Learning, Pair Programming

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp.247-254. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 517.306KB).

June Mogensen

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Education, Central Queensland University, Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia

Tim Roberts

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Business and Informatics, Central Queensland University, Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia


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