Measuring the impact of App Inventor for Android and studio-based learning in an introductory computer science course for non-majors

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dc.contributor.advisor Gestwicki, Paul V.
dc.contributor.author Ahmad, Kholoud N.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-31T15:47:50Z
dc.date.available 2012-07-31T15:47:50Z
dc.date.created 2012-07-21
dc.date.issued 2012-07-21
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/123456789/196099
dc.description.abstract This study implemented an experimental introductory CS course for non-CS majors focusing on two pedagogic factors: 1) the use of a visual blocks programming language known as App Inventor for Android (AIA) and 2) the adoption of SBL as the main teaching methodology. Participants included 30 undergraduates enrolled in two introductory CS courses; the experimental course (CS116) and a traditional lecture oriented CS course. The Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire (MSLQ) was implemented in both courses at several stages. Statistically significant differences were found in the Control of Learning Beliefs, Help Seeking, and Intrinsic Motivation scales, were CS116’s participants scored higher rates. In CS116, entry and exit interviews were conducted as well as a mind maps analysis. Their results showed a positive response to the pedagogic factors, positive attitudes towards CS, and an improvement in the understanding of CS. The majority of participants did very well and showed creativity with not one student failing the course. They found the experimental course to cultivate collaboration, creativity, and motivation to learn. The experimental approach was found have a positive effect on students’ motivation, achievement, and attitude towards CS. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Computer Science
dc.subject.lcsh Visual programming languages (Computer science)
dc.subject.lcsh Android (Electronic resource)
dc.subject.lcsh Problem-based learning
dc.subject.lcsh Computer science -- Study and teaching (Higher)
dc.title Measuring the impact of App Inventor for Android and studio-based learning in an introductory computer science course for non-majors en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (D. Ed.) en_US
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1675389


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