During the last years we have developed a curriculum in Multimedia for students with a liberal arts background. In this curriculum we have had several different programming courses. These programming courses have had different problems – especially with the formalism in the courses. We thought we knew what the problem was: Lack of motivation. The students considered here consist of students to whom programming is not a primary interest and many are prejudicial against programming. We were mistaken, it was not a motivation problem. We designed a questionnaire to find the students’ attitude towards programming, and it is much more positive, but they expect that it is very difficult. We present the results of the questionnaire and interpretation of the different parts of the questionnaire leading to a new curriculum for the programming course and the criteria’s for its design given the attitude we found the students had to programming.
Java & the Internet in the Computing Curriculum Conference Proceedings (jicc 7) (2003), 2003
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JICC - Annual Java & the Internet in the Computing Curriculum Conference, 2003