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Pair Programming: Leveling the Field for Students with Learning Disabilities
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, , , , , , Old Dominion University, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Online, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-55-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA

Abstract

This paper is the report on the findings of a three-year study conducted in undergraduate computer science courses. It also describes the changes made to deal with COVID-19 during the summer and fall of 2020. We collected data on over 800 students with approximately 35 students identified as having learning disabilities (LD). These students were not professional programmers in a computer science department; rather, they were students from a Business College. Our preliminary results show that pair programming improved (a) teamwork and communication between the pairs; (b) confidence in students; and (c) comprehension and learning for all students. Thus, our preliminary results indicate that pair programming improved everyone’s performance. Educators should consider the importance of collaboration with other disciplines when creating inclusive environments for students with disabilities.

Citation

Watson, S., Li, L., Xu, L., He, W., Pribesh, S. & Major, D. (2021). Pair Programming: Leveling the Field for Students with Learning Disabilities. In E. Langran & L. Archambault (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 388-390). Online, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved December 8, 2021 from .

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