Exploring flow in novice programming environments

Zarb, Mark and Hughes, Janet (2011). Exploring flow in novice programming environments. In: ITiCSE '11 Proceedings of the 16th annual joint conference on Innovation and technology in computer science education, ACM, p. 394.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/1999747.1999907


Flow theory describes a way of gauging happiness and motivation. The flow experience has been widely researched within several contexts, such as work and education. There are opportunities to explore the occurrence of flow within the context of novice programming.

What can help students achieve flow? Can flow affect programming success?

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