Share Paper: An Investigation into the Performance of First Year Programming Students in Relation to their Grade 12 Computer Subject Results

  1. Glenda Barlow-Jones, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
  2. Duan van der Westhuizen, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
  3. Carla Coetzee, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa
Tuesday, June 24 3:05-3:25 PM B3117

Abstract: The wide range of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) experience that first year students bring to an Information Technology (IT) qualification can present a challenge to lecturers. The perception exists that students with prior ICT experience have an advantage when enrolling for an IT qualification. The majority of South African university students enrolling for an IT qualification originate from a government-based education system where teachers are mainly computer illiterate and computer facilities are not available. This means that many students do not have exposure to computers at school and do not have the opportunity to select the school subjects Information ...