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This paper describes the use of the Pair Programming software development methodology in the earliest weeks of a first programming course. Based on a broad, subjective assessment of "programming confidence", instructors placed students in level-matched pairs for a portion of their programming exercises. Students who began at the lowest levels of confidence(More)
Between 2011 and 2013, an updated set of national standards for secondary school computer science education was introduced in New Zealand. This change caused great difficulties for many existing "computing" teachers. After many years of teaching primarily word processing, they were suddenly tasked with teaching programming, even though they were themselves(More)
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