Prior Programming Experience of Undergraduate Computing and Engineering Students in Ireland
Historically programming has not been a subject studied at second level in Ireland, and degree programs in Irish third-level institutions have assumed students have no prior experience when approaching the teaching of programming. It has become apparent that increasing numbers of students arriving into undergraduate computing and engineering degree programs in Irish third-level institutions have previous exposure to computer programming, and the situation regarding the teaching of programming in the Irish school system is currently changing. This entry describes the current state of programming experience of Irish undergraduate students on entry to third level, exploring its sources and impact and presenting some comparative international context.
Irish School System
What follows is a brief overview of the structure of the Irish school system in order to provide a context for the...
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