Learning styles: novices decide

Brian Hanks, Carol Zander, Lynda Thomas, Beth Simon, Sue Fitzgerald, Laurie Murphy, Renee McCauley

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We present what students say about their preferred learning style to succeed in introductory programming. Using the Felder-Silverman learning styles, students contrasted the 'best' learning style for programming with the 'best' for learning mathematics. Overall students believe that while they learn mathematics using a reflective style, learning to program is significantly more active. They also believe learning mathematics has a strong verbal component, whereas learning programming is primarily visual.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2009


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