A Redesigned Pedagogy in Introductory Programming Reduces Failure and Withdrawal Rates by Half
It is well documented that introductory computer
programming courses are difficult and that failure rates are high. The
aim of this project was to reduce the high failure and withdrawal rates
in learning to program. This paper presents a number of changes in
module organization and instructional delivery system in teaching
CS1. Daily out of class help sessions and tutoring services were
applied, interactive lectures and laboratories, online resources, and
timely feedback were introduced. Five years of data of 563 students
in 21 sections was collected and analyzed. The primary results show
that the failure and withdrawal rates were cut by more than half.
Student surveys indicate a positive evaluation of the modified
instructional approach, overall satisfaction with the course and
consequently, higher success and retention rates.
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