An exploration of STEM freshmen's attitudes, engagement and autonomous learning in introductory computer programming

Claudio Alvarez, Camila Fajardo, Federico Meza, Andrea Vasquez

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Resumen

Programming skills and computational thinking are fundamental concerns in professional training in Science, Technology' Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. In spite of this, in the Chilean higher education system, as in most parts of the world, teaching programming is a challenging endeavor, partly because the majority of freshmen students in STEM undergraduate programs have not been introduced to the fundamentals of the discipline and its applications in K12 education. Therefore, students' attitudes, engagement, and autonomous learning can make a difference in how students in STEM disciplines in higher education face their first programming course. In the present study, we carried out measurement of variables associated to these constructs involving a sample of 1694 freshmen of seventeen STEM programs in a Chilean research university. Relevant differences were found among different STEM programs, and by student gender. Implications of the results obtained and future research avenues are discussed.

Idioma originalInglés
Título de la publicación alojada2019 38th International Conference of the Chilean Computer Science Society, SCCC 2019
EditorialIEEE Computer Society
ISBN (versión digital)9781728156132
DOI
EstadoPublicada - nov. 2019
Evento38th International Conference of the Chilean Computer Science Society, SCCC 2019 - Concepcion, Chile
Duración: 4 nov. 20199 nov. 2019

Serie de la publicación

NombreProceedings - International Conference of the Chilean Computer Science Society, SCCC
Volumen2019-November
ISSN (versión impresa)1522-4902

Conferencia

Conferencia38th International Conference of the Chilean Computer Science Society, SCCC 2019
País/TerritorioChile
CiudadConcepcion
Período4/11/199/11/19

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Funding Information:
This research was funded by CONICYT/Fondecyt research grant 11160211.

Funding Information:
This research was funded by CONICYT/Fondecyt research grant 11160211

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 IEEE.

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