Difficulties of Programming Learning from the Point of View of Students and Instructors

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Computer programming courses are mandatory for many majors. However, the high rate of failures shows that students have difficulties in assimilating the topics. The objective of this research is to understand these difficulties. Analyzing diaries filled out by students and interviews with instructors, we identified difficulties related to language and understanding and some strategies used to mitigate them. The analysis and understanding of the difficulties may support the creation of teaching strategies and tools to facilitate the teaching and learning of computer programming.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number8070426
Pages (from-to)2191-2199
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Latin America Transactions
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Difficulties
  • barriers
  • computational thinking
  • introduction to programming
  • novices
  • programming learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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