Benchmarking a set of exam questions for introductory programming
conference contributionposted on 2023-05-23, 12:11 authored by Sheard, J, Simon, J, Julian DermoudyJulian Dermoudy, D'Souza, D, Hu, M, Parsons, D
This paper reports on the combining of two related but hitherto distinct themes in programming education research. The first is the recognition that students in programming courses tend to perform far more poorly than their teachers would like, and further, more poorly than their teachers would expect without a careful analysis of their results. The second is the proposal of a number of different styles of examination question, sometimes coupled with analysis of student performance on those questions, typically at single institutions. This work combines these themes by including a common set of short questions in the final examinations of introductory programming courses at six institutions in Australia and New Zealand, and analysing the student performance across all six institutions. The analysis results in a set of four simple questions that can be used to benchmark student performance in introductory programming courses at a wide range of institutions.
Publication titleConferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology Series: Computing Education 2014
EditorsD D'Souza, SJ Simoff, J Whalley, V Estivill-Castro
Department/SchoolSchool of Information and Communication Technology
PublisherAustralian Computer Society Inc.
Place of publicationDarlinghurst, Australia
Event titleConferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology Series: Computing Education 2014
Event VenueAuckland, NZ
Date of Event (Start Date)2014-01-20
Date of Event (End Date)2014-01-23
Rights statementCopyright 2014 Australian Computer Society, Inc. This paper appeared at the 16th Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE 2014), Auckland, New Zealand, January 2014. Conferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology (CRPIT), Vol. 148. J. Whalley and D. D’Souza, Eds. Reproduction for academic, not-for-profit purposes permitted provided this text is included.