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

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Tampere, Finland ISBN 978-1-939797-08-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

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.

Citation

Chetty, J. & van der Westhuizen, D. (2014). Toward a Pedagogy Centering on Computer Programming For Learners in South Africa: An Educational Design Research Approach. In J. Viteli & M. Leikomaa (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia 2014--World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (pp. 732-740). Tampere, Finland: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved May 21, 2019 from .