At the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the course "Introduction to Computer Science" (CS1) is taught using the programming language Java. In Israeli secondary schools, Computer Science is not a required subject, but those who do study it learn a procedural programming language at an advanced level. Some students who study Computer Science at the university level have thus previously been exposed to the field. Our research examined whether prior knowledge of programming languages contributed to the success of students in their first university programming course. The research included an examination of the correlation between prior knowledge and their success in the course. We queried students both about their familiarity with various programming languages, as well as about a variety of programming concepts. A partial analysis of the results shows that there is a positive correlation between having previously learned procedural languages (such as Pascal and C) and success in the course.
|Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
|Published - 2004
|34th Annual Frontiers in Education: Expanding Educational Opportunities Through Partnerships and Distance Learning - Conference Proceedings, FIE - Savannah, GA, United States
Duration: 20 Oct 2004 → 23 Oct 2004
- OOP Programming
- Procedural Programming