Enhancing the Teaching and Learning of Computer Programming using Collaborative Method of Delivery
Keywords:Collaborative learning, Programming, Computer Science
AbstractTeaching and learning methodologies in modern times are gradually changing and is no longer an art of transferring knowledge. It has become an enterprise to develop critical thinking, create positive interaction and collaboration among learners. In order to build good and successful computer programmers, the Collaborative teaching and learning method remains the best method of delivery. The population for this study consists of NCE I, II and III students from the Department of Computer Science Education of Aminu Saleh College of Education Azare, Bauchi State and 10 lecturers from the same department and school. A sample of 80 students and 10 lecturers was used for this study. A well-structured questionnaire titled “Effects of Collaborative Teaching and Learning on programming” was used to collect data for the study. The questionnaire items were validated by experts in the field of statistics and it was also tested and retested for reliability. Data collected were analyzed using mean to answer the research questions. The study revealed that there are great benefits in using the collaborative methods in teaching and learning programming. Such benefits include improvement of students’ academic performance, creation of positive interaction among students, and development of critical thinking abilities among others. The study also found that there are challenges associated with collaborative learning such as the formation of groups, the challenge of monitoring the group activities at once considering the limited time for the class, etc. The study recommends the integration of collaborative learning by computer educators so as to assist students in mastering programming. It also recommends that computer educators be proactive in grouping students so as to avoid imbalance. This will encourage more enthusiastic and active involvement by the students.
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