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CU Boulder Researchers Find Five 'Types' of Computing Students

By Daily Camera

August 20, 2019

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A recent survey of 500 students attending eight community colleges across the U.S. conducted by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder's National Center for Women and Information Technology found that community college students in introductory computing classes can generally be divided into five groups: inexperienced and alienated students; experienced and onboard students; inexperienced and onboard students; experienced but alienated students; and semi-experienced and open students.

In addition, the survey results showed that while more women and minorities were in the inexperienced and alienated group, they are also were distributed across the other groups.

The researchers are developing an online modular course to educate and share information with faculty who are teaching these students. The researchers recommend teachers find out what students are interested in, and adjust assignments accordingly.

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