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A Sports Science Approach to Computer Programming Education

A Sports Science Approach to Computer Programming Education
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Author(s): M. Costa Neves (SportTools – Technology for Sport Company, Portugal), M. Ramires (SportTools – Technology for Sport Company, Portugal), J. Carvalho (Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal, Portugal), M. Piteira (Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal, Portugal), J. Santos (Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal, Portugal), N. Folgôa (Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal, Portugal) and M. Boavida (Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal, Portugal)
Copyright: 2015
Pages: 19
Source title: Innovative Teaching Strategies and New Learning Paradigms in Computer Programming
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Ricardo Queirós (Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Portugal)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-7304-5.ch008


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Learning computer programming is for most of the new students a difficult task. Besides the computer language learning of the syntax and all the aspects related with the compiler or the IDE environment, programming also has its artistic counterpart, where the individual personality is indissociable of the way he programs. Therefore, the main difficulties identified in students are closely related with aspects of their personality: self-confidence, resiliency, creativity, and autonomy. The sports science approach emerged naturally as all the authors were involved in high performance training for several years. The personality characteristics one needs to develop in students are similar to elite sports athletes in order to cope with the stress associated with their activity. In this chapter, the authors present a case study that took place at the Polytechnic Institute of Setubal with 28 students with different backgrounds and a workload of 8 hours per day.

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