IJIET 2018 Vol.8(1): 7-10 ISSN: 2010-3689
doi: 10.18178/ijiet.2018.8.1.1003

Improving Performance and Progression of Novice Programmers: Factors Considerations

Hala Shaari and Nuredin Ahmed

Abstract—Teaching computer programming is recognized to be difficult and a real challenge. The biggest problem faced by novice programmers is their lack of understanding of basic programming concepts. A visualized learning tool was developed and used by volunteered first-year students for two semesters. The purposes of this paper are: Firstly, to emphasize factors which directly affect the performance of our students negatively. Secondly, to examine whether the proposed tool would improve their performance and learning progression or not. This tool provides many features and enhancement which were presented to students as pre-lecture material. The results of adopting this tool were conducted using a pre-survey and post-survey questionnaire. As a result, students who used the learning tool showed better performance in their programming subject.

Index Terms—Factors, novice, programming, visualization.

Hala Shaari is with the Department of Software Engineering, Faculty of Information Technologies, University of Tripoli, Libya (e-mail: h.shaari@uot.edu.ly).
Nuredin Ahmed is with the Department of Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Azzaytuna University, Libya (e-mail: nuredin@mtit.com.ly).


Cite: Hala Shaari and Nuredin Ahmed, "Improving Performance and Progression of Novice Programmers: Factors Considerations," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 7-10, 2018.

General Information

  • ISSN: 2010-3689 (Online)
  • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Inf. Educ. Technol.
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • DOI: 10.18178/IJIET
  • Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Steve Thatcher
  • Executive Editor: Ms. Nancy Y. Liu
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