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Author Brown, Marcus ♦ Wellman, Briana ♦ McKenzie, Andrew ♦ Vrbsky, Susan ♦ Anderson, Monica
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Language English
Subject Keyword Self-efficacy ♦ Tools ♦ Robotics
Abstract Persistence of first-year students in computer science is a problem. Although there are many factors that determine whether a student can be successful in computer science, research has shown that some attrition is due to personal perception of their ability in computer science. We created a learning experience specifically designed to improve students' self-assessment of their abilities. "Providing robotic experiences through objectbased programming" (PREOP) is a GUI programming environment based on Alice that students use to program autonomous robot controllers. Results show that for students that rate themselves as average programmers, the modules designed around PREOP positively affect the students' intimidation levels.
Description Affiliation: The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama (Anderson, Monica; McKenzie, Andrew; Wellman, Briana; Brown, Marcus; Vrbsky, Susan)
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2013-12-01
Publisher Place New York
Journal Inroads
Volume Number 2
Issue Number 3
Page Count 7
Starting Page 51
Ending Page 57

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Source: ACM Digital Library