Modify, Decompose and Reassemble: Learner-Centered Constructive Teaching Strategy for Introductory Programming Course in College

Shih Wen Su, Shing Yun Jung, Xiaojing Yu, Shyan Ming Yuan, Chuen Tsai Sun

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Abstract

C/C++ is one of the most common programming languages in introductory computer science courses. For students with varying levels of digital literacy, traditional teaching strategies that begin with C/C++ syntax and concepts appear inappropriate. Moreover, different programming languages are required for specific industrial purposes. To complement traditional teaching methods, we design a learner-centered constrictive strategy. Other than C/C++, students begin with two programming languages. Rather than conventional lectures, students learn to program by modifying, decomposing, and reassembling example codes. The midterm assesses their learning effectiveness. After the midterm, they can choose to take the collegiate programming examination (CPE) or not. If they pass CPE, they can pick between 1) regular class and final exam, or 2) no class after midterm, find a topic for a final project, finish it and present it in the last class. We invited 21 students from a class of 90. Eight students had no prior coding experience. Even though these eight students obtained lower scores in the midterm, they all had significant improvements in the final exams. Among sixteen students, six of whom had no prior coding experience, acknowledged that they learned useful skills in the class. Our results show that students with varying coding backgrounds can benefit from our proposed teaching strategy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication5th IEEE Eurasian Conference on Educational Innovation 2022, ECEI 2022
EditorsTeen-Hang Meen
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages197-200
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781665433181
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022
Event5th IEEE Eurasian Conference on Educational Innovation, ECEI 2022 - Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 10 Feb 202212 Feb 2022

Publication series

Name5th IEEE Eurasian Conference on Educational Innovation 2022, ECEI 2022

Conference

Conference5th IEEE Eurasian Conference on Educational Innovation, ECEI 2022
Country/TerritoryTaiwan
CityTaipei
Period10/02/2212/02/22

Keywords

  • constructive learning
  • learner-centered teaching strategy
  • programming education

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