The ability to articulate strategy as a predictor of programming skill

Simon, Simon and Cutts, Quintin and Fincher, Sally and Haden, Patricia and Robins, Anthony and Sutton, Ken and Baker, Bob and Box, Ilona and de Raadt, Michael and Hamer, John and Hamilton, Margaret and Lister, Raymond (2006) The ability to articulate strategy as a predictor of programming skill. In: Proceedings of the Eighth Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE 2006), Hobart, Australia . (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

A multi-national, multi-institutional study investigating introductory programming courses drew on student participants from eleven institutions, mainly in Australasia, during the academic year of 2004. A number of diagnostic tasks were used to explore cognitive, behavioural, and attitudinal factors such as spatial visualisation and reasoning, the ability to articulate strategies for commonplace search and design tasks, and attitudes to studying. This paper reports in detail on the task that required participants to articulate a commonplace search strategy. The results indicate that increasing measures of richness of articulation of a search strategy are associated with higher marks in the course.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 76 Software, computer programming,
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Computing > Computing Education Group
Depositing User: Mark Wheadon
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2008 18:04
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2009 14:01
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/14508 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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