Geek Genes, Prior Knowledge, Stumbling Points and Learning Edge Momentum: Parts of the One Elephant?

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ACM
Publication Type:
Conference Proceeding
Citation:
Proceedings of the 2013 ACM Conference on International Computing Education Research ICER, 2013, pp. 123 - 128
Issue Date:
2013-01
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ABSTRACT: Computing academics report bimodal grade distributions in their CS1 classes. Some academics believe that such a distribution is due to their being an innate talent for programming, a geek gene, which some students have, while other students do not have it. 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.
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