Journal of Information Systems Education (JISE)

Volume 17

Volume 17 Number 4, Pages 421-428

Winter 2006


Visual Basic Programming Impact on Cognitive Development of College Students


Garry White
Texas State University
San Marcos, TX 78666, USA

Abstract: This research investigated the impact learning a visual programming language, Visual Basic, has on cognitive development, as measured by the Proposition Logic Test (PLT). It is part of a series of cognitive and programming investigations. Prior research has shown that object-oriented and procedural programming involved a high level of cognitive development. Prior research also indicated procedural programming has no impact on cognitive development. This study found cognitive development remained the same after a semester course in Visual Basic. The author concludes that a single college programming course, either procedural or visual, does not impact college age students' cognitive development.

Keywords: Visual programming, Visual Basic, Cognitive development, Cognitive skills

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Recommended Citation: White, G. (2006). Visual Basic Programming Impact on Cognitive Development of College Students. Journal of Information Systems Education, 17(4), pp. 421-428.