Measuring Enrichment: The Assembly and Validation of an Instrument to Assess Student Self-Beliefs in CS1

Scott, Michael and Ghinea, Gheorghita (2014) Measuring Enrichment: The Assembly and Validation of an Instrument to Assess Student Self-Beliefs in CS1. In: Proceedings of the 10th ACM International Conference on Computing Education Research, August 11-13, 2014, Glasgow, UK.

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Abstract / Summary

Educational research shows that self-beliefs can have profound influences on learning behavior and achievement. It follows, then, that beliefs about the nature of programming aptitude (mindset) and the way individuals perceive themselves as programmers (self-concept) could have a salient impact on their programming practice. As such, new teaching methods could be used to support student self-beliefs and thereby encourage practice. However, valid measurement is needed to test this hypothesis. This paper presents the assembly and validation of a measurement instrument to support research into self-enrichment within the introductory programming context. An evaluation shows that the reliability and construct validity of the instrument are adequate, while the concurrent validity of the evaluation framework is satisfactory in the higher education context. However, future validation is required to establish cross-context validity.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Computer Science, Information & General Works
Education
Courses by Department: The School of Film & Television > Games and Animation
Depositing User: Michael Scott
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2015 15:03
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2015 15:03
URI: http://repository.falmouth.ac.uk/id/eprint/1646

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