Interest and Awareness of Japanese University Students Regarding Computer Programming

Conference: The Asian Conference on Education & International Development (ACEID2022)
Title: Interest and Awareness of Japanese University Students Regarding Computer Programming
Stream: Higher Education
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation
Harumi Kashiwagi, Kobe University, Japan
Min Kang, Kobe University, Japan
Kazuhiro Ohtsuki, Kobe University, Japan


Developing personal computer programming skills is essential. However, the students’ levels of readiness to learn programming are different. This study investigates the interest and awareness regarding computer programming among Japanese university students. A questionnaire study using a five-point Likert Scale was conducted for 90 students from three classes: one in science and two in humanities. The findings suggest the following: (1) Regarding the requirement for programming skills in their future career plans, the average scores for all three classes were four or higher out of five. There were no statistical differences between these classes. It is suggested that students in both humanities and science believe that programming skills are extremely valuable for their future careers. (2) Regarding interest in computer programming, the average scores for the three classes were approximately three. There were no statistical differences between students in science and humanities. Notably, only 52% in the science class showed positive responses to the interest in computer programming, which was lower than expected. These results suggest the importance of motivating both science and humanities students when considering a computer programming course. (3) Experience with computer software may slightly influence interest in computer programming. According to the preliminary indicators of this study, students are fully aware of the importance of programming skills, regardless of whether they study science or humanities. It is expected that focusing on designing a program that motivates students based on their majors will increase their willingness to learn programming.

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