Geek genes, prior knowledge, stumbling points and learning edge momentum

parts of the one elephant?

Alireza Ahadi, Raymond Lister

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28 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Computing academics report bimodal grade distributions in their CSl classes. Some academics believe that such a distribution is due to their being an innate talent for programming, a "geek gene". Robins introduced the concept of learning edge momentum, which offers an alternative explanation for the purported bimodal grade distribution. In this paper, we analyze empirical data from a real introductory programming class, looking for evidence of geek genes, learning edge momentum and other possible factors.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICER 2013
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 2013 ACM Conference on International Computing Education Research
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages123-128
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781450322430
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
EventAnnual International Computing Education Research Conference (9th : 2013) - San Diego, United States
Duration: 12 Aug 201314 Aug 2013

Conference

ConferenceAnnual International Computing Education Research Conference (9th : 2013)
Abbreviated titleICER 2013
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego
Period12/08/1314/08/13

Keywords

  • learning edge momentum
  • programming
  • CSl
  • assessment
  • bimodal grade distribution

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