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Title:The Relationship Between Learning Programming and Problem-Solving Ability
Author(s):Tu, Jho-Ju
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Dennis, Richard,
Department / Program:Education
Discipline:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):Education, Tests and Measurements
Education, Technology of
Education, Curriculum and Instruction
Abstract:This study is aimed to clarify the relationship between programming experience and problem-solving abilities. The students in three introductory programming courses (CS103-FORTRAN, CS105-PASCAL, CS106-BASIC) offered by the Department of Computer Science at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in the fall semester of 1987 served as the subjects for this one-semester long study. They were given pretests and posttests on problems in seven categories: word problem translation, word problem solution, following procedures, following directions, logical reasoning, visual ability, and verbal ability. The results of this study showed that (a) overall student problem-solving abilities were significantly improved at the level of 0.05 after they had attended a semester long programming course, (b) the logical reasoning component of the definition contributed most to the significance, and (c) the class of CS105-PASCAL in this experiment had a significant effect in improving student ability to solve word problems.
Issue Date:1988
Type:Text
Description:139 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1988.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/71907
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI8908874
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-16
Date Deposited:1988


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