Journal of Information Systems Education


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.