Does the Early Bird Catch the Worm? Earliness of Students' Work and its Relationship with Course Outcomes

Juho Leinonen, Francisco Enrique Vicente Castro, Arto Hellas

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Abstract

Intuitively, it seems plausible that students who start their work earlier and work on more days than their peers should perform better in any course. But does the early bird really catch the worm? In this article, we examine introductory programming students' time management behavior as evidenced by data collected from a programming environment. We analyze: 1) the earliness of students' work, i.e. when they start working on their course assignments, 2) the number of days students work on course assignments, and 3) the relationship between earliness, the number of days worked, and course outcomes. Our results provide further support for the notion that, on average, students who start working on course assignments early perform slightly better in the course. At the same time, we found that starting early does not necessarily mean that students work on more days, and that starting early and working on many days does not necessarily mean that students get better grades. In addition, some students who start working early on the assignments in the first weeks of the course seem to start delaying when they begin working on assignments as the course progresses, while other students seem to be able to continue starting early throughout the course.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationITiCSE 2021 - Proceedings of the 26th ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education
PublisherACM
Pages373-379
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-8214-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jun 2021
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventAnnual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education - Virtual, Online, Paderborn, Germany
Duration: 26 Jun 20211 Jul 2021
Conference number: 26
https://iticse.acm.org/

Conference

ConferenceAnnual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education
Abbreviated titleITiCSE
Country/TerritoryGermany
CityPaderborn
Period26/06/202101/07/2021
Internet address

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