Does like seek like?: The formation of working groups in a programming project

Eduard Sanou Gozalo, Antonio Hernandez-Fernandez, Marta Arias, Ramon Ferrer-i-Cancho

Abstract


In a course of the degree of computer science, the programming project has changed from individual to teamed work, tentatively in couples (pair programming). Students have full freedom to team up with minimum intervention from teachers. The analysis of the couples made indicates that students do not tend to associate with students with a similar academic performance, maybe because general cognitive parameters do not govern the choice of academic partners. Pair programming seems to give great results, so the efforts of future research in this field should focus precisely on how these pairs are formed, underpinning the mechanisms of human social interactions.


Keywords


group formation, work in pairs, pair programming, teaching computer science, degree in computer science

Full Text:

PDF HTML


DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3926/jotse.255


Creative Commons License

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Journal of Technology and Science Education, 2011-2017

Online ISSN: 2013-6374; Print ISSN: 2014-5349; DL: B-2000-2012

Publisher: OmniaScience