Geek genes, prior knowledge, stumbling points and learning edge momentum: Parts of the one elephant?

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ICER 2013 - Proceedings of the 2013 ACM Conference on International Computing Education Research, 2013, pp. 123 - 128
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Computing academics report bimodal grade distributions in their CSl classes. Some academics believe that such a distribution is due to their being an innate talent for programming, a "geek gene". Robins introduced the concept of learning edge momentum, which offers an alternative explanation for the purported bimodal grade distribution. In this paper, we analyze empirical data from a real introductory programming class, looking for evidence of geek genes, learning edge momentum and other possible factors. Copyright © 2013 ACM.
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