Gender differences in introductory programming: Comparing moocs and local courses

Rodrigo Duran, Lassi Haaranen, Arto Hellas

Tutkimustuotos: Artikkeli kirjassa/konferenssijulkaisussaConference article in proceedingsScientificvertaisarvioitu

13 Sitaatiot (Scopus)
118 Lataukset (Pure)

Abstrakti

We analyzed three introductory programming MOOCs and four introductory programming courses offered locally in a Finnish university. The course has been offered in all instances with roughly the same content, barring adjustments based on course feedback. We sought to understand how gender interacts with participating in the course in both instances. In particular, we looked at the differences in persistence, confidence, interest in CS, prior experience, and performance between men and women. Overall, we found that men have more prior experience in both instances and have a higher interest in a CS degree. Furthermore, men perform slightly better on the MOOC while there was no significant difference in performance when it came to gender in the local instance. Aligned with prior research, we found a considerable gap in confidence between male and female students in both instances. At the same time, while women are still underrepresented in CS, we observe a considerable increase in women attending the MOOC. Unfortunately, women are also more likely to drop out early on in the MOOC than men.

AlkuperäiskieliEnglanti
OtsikkoSIGCSE 2020 - Proceedings of the 51st ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
KustantajaACM
Sivut692-698
Sivumäärä7
ISBN (elektroninen)9781450367936
DOI - pysyväislinkit
TilaJulkaistu - 26 helmik. 2020
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA4 Artikkeli konferenssijulkaisussa
TapahtumaACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education - Portland, Yhdysvallat
Kesto: 11 maalisk. 202014 maalisk. 2020
Konferenssinumero: 51

Julkaisusarja

NimiAnnual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education, ITiCSE
ISSN (painettu)1942-647X

Conference

ConferenceACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
LyhennettäSIGSE
Maa/AlueYhdysvallat
KaupunkiPortland
Ajanjakso11/03/202014/03/2020

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