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Impact of cultural and language background on learning Computer Science concepts
Al Baha University, Saudi Arabia.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology, Computing Science. (UpCERG)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0513-9338
2014 (English)In: Proc. 2nd International Conference on Learning and Teaching in Computing and Engineering, Los Alamitos, CA: IEEE Computer Society, 2014, 37-40 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Computer science terminology is generally based on words that have a related original meaning in English and rooted in western tradition. Hence, students from other cultures and students that are not native English speakers, will not be helped by language and culture in understanding computer science concepts. In this work, the authors review the interrelationship between language, cultural background, and the learning of computer science. A comparative study is under preparation in which this relationship is to be examined. The study will compare the intuitive understanding of computer science concepts between Saudi student groups of different English language proficiency levels and of different maturity levels. A test has been designed in order to reveal differences in the perception of computer science concepts that can be attributed to such background differences. The study will serve as a starting point for further work on how computer science education can be enhanced for students that are non-native English speakers.

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Los Alamitos, CA: IEEE Computer Society, 2014. 37-40 p.
, International Conference on Teaching and Learning in Computing and Engineering, ISSN 2377-0309
National Category
Computer Science Educational Sciences
Research subject
Computer Science with specialization in Computer Science Education Research
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-233680DOI: 10.1109/LaTiCE.2014.15ISI: 000355978500007ISBN: 978-1-4799-3591-8OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-233680DiVA: diva2:753540
International Conference on Learning and Teaching in Computing and Engineering (LaTiCE 2014), 11-13 April 2014, Kuching, Malaysia
Available from: 2014-06-10 Created: 2014-10-08 Last updated: 2015-07-16Bibliographically approved

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