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

  1. Jacqui Chetty, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
  2. Duan van der Westhuizen, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Wednesday, June 25 1:30 PM-2:00 PM B3111

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 ...