An In-Depth Analysis of Learning Goals in Higher Education: Evidence from the Programming Education

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-34
Number of pages10
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Belle Selene Xia

Research units

  • Aalto University


Previous research has shown that, despite the importance of programming education, there is limited research done on programming education experiences from the students’ point of view and the need to do so is strong. By understanding the student behaviour, their learning styles, their expectation and motivation to learn, the quality of teaching can be improved. The goal of this paper is to examine the connection between educational theories and student-centred pedagogy via an empirical study. While research results have confirmed student difficulties in learning programming in terms of the retention and completion rates of the programming courses, we will propose some of the solutions to overcome these challenges. We will also classify the various definitions of learning goals both theoretically and empirically in order to further our understanding in the subject field. New research opportunities are opened in the applied work of a personalised learning environment.

    Research areas

  • educational approaches, educational theory, quality of teaching, learning goals, programming education

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