Interest and Awareness of Japanese University Students Regarding Computer Programming

Abstract

Although developing computer programming skills is essential, students’ levels of readiness to learn programming are different. This study thus investigates the interest and awareness that Japanese university students possess regarding computer programming. A questionnaire study using a five-point Likert scale was conducted for 90 students from three classes: one in science and two in humanities. The findings suggest three main points. (1) Regarding the requirement of programming skills in students’ future careers, the average scores for all three classes were four or higher, and no statistical differences were found among the three classes. These findings suggest that both humanities and science students believe that programming skills are extremely valuable for their future careers. (2) Regarding interest in computer programming, the average scores for the three classes ranged from 2.9 to 3.4, and no statistical differences were found among the three classes. Further, statistical differences were observed among the three classes for students’ responses to programming interest and to the requirement for programming skills in their future careers. These results suggest that all students were fully aware of the importance of programming skills; however, their interest in programming was low in all classes. (3) To raise students’ interest in programming, it is important to design syllabi or prepare teaching materials that closely correlate to students’ future careers and that foster their logical thinking. Additionally, the curriculum flow should be designed so that students learn information literacy before they learn computer programming.



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Harumi Kashiwagi, Kobe University, Japan
Min Kang, Kobe University, Japan
Kazuhiro Ohtsuki, Kobe University, Japan

Paper Information
Conference: ACEID2022
Stream: Higher education

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To cite this article:
Kashiwagi H., Kang M., & Ohtsuki K. (2022) Interest and Awareness of Japanese University Students Regarding Computer Programming ISSN: 2189-101X – The Asian Conference on Education & International Development 2022 Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2189-101X.2022.20
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2189-101X.2022.20


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