Morning or Evening? An Examination of Circadian Rhythms of CS1 Students

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Zavgorodniaia , A , Shrestha , R , Leinonen , J , Hellas , A & Edwards , J 2021 , Morning or Evening? An Examination of Circadian Rhythms of CS1 Students . in 2021 IEEE/ACM 43rd International Conference on Software Engineering: Software Engineering Education and Training (ICSE-SEET) . IEEE , International Conference on Software Engineering: Software Engineering Education and Training , 25/05/2021 . https://doi.org/10.1109/ICSE-SEET52601.2021.00036

Title: Morning or Evening? An Examination of Circadian Rhythms of CS1 Students
Author: Zavgorodniaia, Albina; Shrestha, Raj; Leinonen, Juho; Hellas, Arto; Edwards, John
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Computer Science
University of Helsinki, Aalto University
Publisher: IEEE
Date: 2021-05-07
Language: eng
Belongs to series: 2021 IEEE/ACM 43rd International Conference on Software Engineering: Software Engineering Education and Training (ICSE-SEET)
ISBN: 978-1-6654-0138-8
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/333460
Abstract: Circadian rhythms are the cycles of our internal clock that play a key role in governing when we sleep and when we are active. A related concept is chronotype, which is a person's natural tendency toward activity at certain times of day and typically governs when the individual is most alert and productive. In this work we investigate chronotypes in the setting of an Introductory Computer Programming (CS1) course. Using keystroke data collected from students we investigate the existence of chronotypes through unsupervised learning. The chronotypes we find align with those of typical populations reported in the literature and our results support correlations of certain chronotypes to academic achievement. We also find a lack of support for the still-popular stereotype of a computer programmer as a night owl. The analyses are conducted on data from two universities, one in the US and one in Europe, that use different teaching methods. In comparison of the two contexts, we look into programming assignment design and administration that may promote better programming practices among students in terms of procrastination and effort.
Subject: 516 Educational sciences
113 Computer and information sciences
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