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Benchmarking a set of exam questions for introductory programming


Sheard, J and Simon, J and Dermoudy, J and D'Souza, D and Hu, M and Parsons, D, Benchmarking a set of exam questions for introductory programming, Conferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology Series: Computing Education 2014, 20-23 January 2014, Auckland, NZ, pp. 113-121. ISSN 1445-1336 (2014) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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Copyright 2014 Australian Computer Society, Inc. This paper appeared at the 16th Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE 2014), Auckland, New Zealand, January 2014. Conferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology (CRPIT), Vol. 148. J. Whalley and D. DíSouza, Eds. Reproduction for academic, not-for-profit purposes permitted provided this text is included.

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This paper reports on the combining of two related but hitherto distinct themes in programming education research. The first is the recognition that students in programming courses tend to perform far more poorly than their teachers would like, and further, more poorly than their teachers would expect without a careful analysis of their results. The second is the proposal of a number of different styles of examination question, sometimes coupled with analysis of student performance on those questions, typically at single institutions. This work combines these themes by including a common set of short questions in the final examinations of introductory programming courses at six institutions in Australia and New Zealand, and analysing the student performance across all six institutions. The analysis results in a set of four simple questions that can be used to benchmark student performance in introductory programming courses at a wide range of institutions.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:assessment, CS1, examination papers, introductory programming, quality, standards
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Dermoudy, J (Dr Julian Dermoudy)
ID Code:118048
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Information and Communication Technology
Deposited On:2017-07-03
Last Modified:2017-11-18
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