TOWARD A SYSTEM DYNAMICS MODEL OF TEACHING COMPUTER PROGRAMMING VIA DISTANCE EDUCATION

Open Access
Author:
Shaffer, Steven
Graduate Program:
Adult Education
Degree:
Doctor of Education
Document Type:
Dissertation
Date of Defense:
April 18, 2006
Committee Members:
  • Melody M Thompson, Committee Chair
  • Gary Kuhne, Committee Member
  • Bonnie J Meyer, Committee Member
  • Hoi Kin Suen, Committee Member
Keywords:
  • distance education
  • teaching
  • computer programming
  • system dynamics
  • education models
Abstract:
This paper explores the use of system dynamics to develop a model of learning to program via distance education. Based on a study which combined a qualitative study of students and instructors in computer programming courses taught through distance education with a meta-ethnographic analysis of the literature of learning to program and distance education, the study identifies and describes 51 variables (17 cognitive, 21 pedagogical and 13 practical) and presents a model which demonstrates how these variables might interact.