The effect of cognitive styles and guidance strategies on children's performance in learning programming

Chia Yen Feng, Ming Puu Chen

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Abstract

This study aims to explore the impact of cognitive styles and guidance strategies on the learning effectiveness and attitude of primary school students learning programming design. With six-grade students as its subjects, this study employs the quasi-experimental research method of 2 × 2 factorial designs to study 106 valid samples. The independent variables are cognitive styles (FD vs. FI) and guidance strategies (question-guidance vs.completion problem-guidance), while dependent variables are learning effectiveness and attitude. This study finds that (1) in terms of the learning effectiveness of programming design, the FI cognitive style group is more effective than the FD group in applying the program acquired during the project assignment, whereas the completion problem-guidance group scored higher than the question-guidance group; (2) in terms of program learning attitude, the completion problem-guidance group holds a more positive attitude towards the benefit of learning programming design than the question-guidance group. It is suggested that future studies target the analysis of programming design strategy and problem-solving behavior, to further explore the thinking process of learners.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICCE 2018 - 26th International Conference on Computers in Education, Main Conference Proceedings
EditorsMa. Mercedes T. Rodrigo, Jie-Chi Yang, Lung-Hsiang Wong, Maiga Chang
PublisherAsia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education
Pages563-572
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9789869401289
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Nov 24
Event26th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2018 - Metro Manila, Philippines
Duration: 2018 Nov 262018 Nov 30

Publication series

NameICCE 2018 - 26th International Conference on Computers in Education, Main Conference Proceedings

Other

Other26th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2018
CountryPhilippines
CityMetro Manila
Period18/11/2618/11/30

Keywords

  • Cognitive styles
  • Experienced learning
  • Guidance strategies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Education

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    Feng, C. Y., & Chen, M. P. (2018). The effect of cognitive styles and guidance strategies on children's performance in learning programming. In M. M. T. Rodrigo, J-C. Yang, L-H. Wong, & M. Chang (Eds.), ICCE 2018 - 26th International Conference on Computers in Education, Main Conference Proceedings (pp. 563-572). (ICCE 2018 - 26th International Conference on Computers in Education, Main Conference Proceedings). Asia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education.