Psychological characteristics of students taking programming-oriented and applications-oriented computing courses

Charlton, John P. and Birkett, Paul E. (1998) Psychological characteristics of students taking programming-oriented and applications-oriented computing courses. Journal of Educational Computing Research, 18 (2). pp. 163-182. ISSN 0735-6331

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Abstract

The characteristics of students taking programming-oriented and applications-oriented higher education courses are compared. Relative to the latter students, the former students' personalities are shown to be of a more schizoid nature, this providing an explanation of these students' greater computer engagement, programming experience and computing aptitude, at least as far as males are concerned. The extent to which programming experience is accumulated by females is concluded to be a major factor explaining the greater gender imbalance in enrolment on the programming-oriented course. Psychometric measures are found to be useful over and above cheaper, more easily obtainable, information in discriminating between the two types of student. However, psychometric measures are not found useful in increasing the association between correctness of course classification subsequent to Discriminant Function Analysis and success/failure on the courses. Finally, the same set of characteristics, involving among other things, greater involvement in computing, is found to be associated with success irrespective of course.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an electronic version of an article published in Journal of Educational Computing Research, 18,(2), p.163-182. Baywood Publishing Co.,Inc. © Copyright Volume 1 - 1985 through Volume 36 - 2007
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: School of Education and Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Scott Wilson
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2013 12:51
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2014 10:11
URI: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk/id/eprint/369

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