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Role of larger software artifacts in introductory computer science courses

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This paper compares the effectiveness of two approaches that can be used to teach concepts in introductory courses such as CS1 and CS2 - a conventional lecture-based approach and one using larger software programs (artifacts) with accompanying guided exercises. Our assessment includes measures of students' self-confidence as well as a measurement of their knowledge of the topics used in this study: inheritance and iterators. Finally, we consider some generalizations that can be made about these treatments and how well they perform.

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Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE), 2010 IEEE

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27-30 Oct. 2010