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The Relationship Between Student Mental Wellness and the Availability of Pre-Submission Unit Testing: An Exploratory Study

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Title: The Relationship Between Student Mental Wellness and the Availability of Pre-Submission Unit Testing: An Exploratory Study
Author: Gibson, Braden
Department: School of Computer Science
Program: Computer Science
Advisor: McCuaig, JudiGillis, Daniel
Abstract: Students who are learning to program can face difficulty when encountering unknown errors. Current literature indicates that providing immediate, formative feedback can be one of the largest positive factors in reinforcing student knowledge and learning. As such, using test-driven development as a form of immediate feedback in early programming courses has been shown to have a positive impact on code quality and maintainability, while also indicating that students’ confidence and motivation may show improvements. While prior research focused primarily on measuring assignment quality and academic outcomes, our study explores the relationship between providing unit tests to students for their assignments and measures of student mental well-being, such as grit, self-efficacy, and engagement. Although the correlations between mental well-being metrics and unit test engagement metrics were generally weak, a number of individual survey questions were identified that could form the basis for a more representative survey in future research. Students were also classified by their usage types and most frequent activity periods, with differences observed that may inform further work.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/16087
Date: 2019-05
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