What is it about?
In this experiment we examined whether using a computer programming pretest before taking a perception survey (i.e., providing examples of the key concept in the survey beforehand) had an impact on students’ self-reported self-efficacy and utility value.
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Why is it important?
Computer programming is becoming an essential skill for young students regardless of their education or career goals. Therefore, for students to develop and for educators and researchers to accurately measure self-efficacy in and value for programming is important. Although student motivation in subject matter can be measured using self-report surveys, these types of instruments are prone to error due to inherent biases. In this research we wanted to know if providing a pretest would help students make more realistic appraisals of their beliefs about programming.
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This page is a summary of: An Exploration of Factors Impacting Middle School Students’ Attitudes Toward Computer Programming, Computers in the Schools, March 2021, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/07380569.2021.1882209.
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