Restricted Research - Award List, Note/Discussion Page

Fiscal Year: 2021

69  Texas A&M University-Commerce  (84363)

Principal Investigator: Omar El Ariss

Total Amount of Contract, Award, or Gift (Annual before 2011): $ 300,000

Exceeds $250,000 (Is it flagged?): Yes

Start and End Dates: 9/1/20 - 8/31/23

Restricted Research: YES

Academic Discipline: Computer Science

Department, Center, School, or Institute: Computer Science & Information Systems

Title of Contract, Award, or Gift: Multilingual Computational Thinking: Teaching Introductory Programming Classes Through Low-Level and High-Level Programming Languages

Name of Granting or Contracting Agency/Entity: National Science Foundation

Program Title: N/A
CFDA Linked: Education and Human Resources


SAMs 1.1.1. This project aims to serve the national interest by exploring a potentially transformative approach for improving undergraduate computer science education. Student success in computer science directly correlates with their performance in introductory programming courses. Not only do these courses provide students with basic computational skills, but they can also give students the confidence they need to persevere and obtain computer science degrees. This project is based on the hypothesis that learning introductory computer programming languages is like learning a natural language. Research has shown that multilingual children outperform monolingual children when learning English as a foreign language. The project will apply this observation to computer science by concurrently teaching students multiple programming languages, thus helping them become multilingual in computer programming languages. It is expected that multilingual learning in introductory computer programming will support subsequent student confidence and success in computer science.

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