Toward a Pedagogy Centering on Computer Programming For Learners in South Africa: An Educational Design Research Approach

ID: 42031 Type: Full Paper: Conceptual & Empirical Study
  1. Jacqui Chetty and Duan van der Westhuizen, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Wednesday, June 25 1:30 PM-2:00 PM Location: B3111 View on map

Presider: Ru-Fen Yao, National Chia-Yi University, Taiwan

Abstract: Research world-wide indicates that computer programming is a difficult subject to teach and learners find such modules challenging. The result is that attrition rates are high. South Africa experiences similar problems, which are exacerbated by learners entering tertiary institutions under-prepared. Such institutions are under much pressure to transform learners’ academic capabilities. Transformation can be realised through alternative pedagogical approaches as it is well known that these approaches can influence learning outcomes in a positive manner. This paper documents a pedagogical approach that was used to improve the outcomes of a computer programming module. Educational design research was the methodological approach used to determine the extent to which a set of design principles impacted learners’. The initial analysis and findings indicate that learners’ are positively impacted by such approaches.

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