Utilising pair programming to enhance the performance of slow-paced students on introductory programming

Mewati Ayub, Oscar Karnalim, Risal Risal, Wenny Franciska Senjaya, Maresha Caroline Wijanto


Due to its high failure rate, Introductory Programming has become a main concern. One of the main issues is the incapability of slow-paced students to cope up with given programming materials. This paper proposes a learning technique which utilizes pair programming to help slow-paced students on Introductory Programming; each slow-paced student is paired with a fast-paced student and the latter is encouraged to teach the former as a part of  grading system. An evaluation regarding that technique has been conducted on three undergraduate classes from an Indonesian university for the second semester of 2018. According to the evaluation, the use of pair programming may help both slow-paced and fast-paced students. Nevertheless, it may not significantly affect individual academic performance. 


Pair programming, introductory programming, slow-paced students, quasi experiment, computing education

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3926/jotse.638

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Journal of Technology and Science Education, 2011-2023

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

Publisher: OmniaScience