Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Computer and Information Technology
Alka R. Harriger
Committee Member 1
Committee Member 2
Traditionally, textual tools have been utilized to teach basic programming languages and paradigms. Research has shown that students tend to be visual learners. Using flowcharts, students can quickly understand the logic of their programs and visualize the flow of commands in the algorithm. Moreover, applying programming to physical systems through the use of a microcontroller to facilitate this type of learning can spark an interest in students to advance their programming knowledge to create novel applications. This study examined if freshmen college students' attitudes towards programming changed after completing a graphical programming lesson. Various attributes about students' attitudes were examined including confidence, interest, stereotypes, and their belief in the usefulness of acquiring programming skills. The study found that there were no statistically significant differences in attitudes either immediately following the session or after a period of four weeks.
Godbole, Saurabh, "Impact Of A Visual Programming Experience On The Attitude Toward Programming Of Introductory Undergraduate Students" (2014). Open Access Theses. 327.