A Study of Loop Style and Abstraction in Pedagogic Practice

Barnes, David J. and Shinners-Kennedy, Dermot (2011) A Study of Loop Style and Abstraction in Pedagogic Practice. In: 13th Australasian Computer Education Conference (ACE 2011), January 2011, Perth, Australia. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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This paper describes the results of a study into the use of structure and abstraction in the programming styles of lecturers and teaching assistants involved in teaching programming to students attending university and other third-level institutions. The study was motivated by the hypothesis that the trend towards object-orientation is being matched by pedagogic materials that consistently foster the deployment of abstraction and structure in the solution of programming problems. Unfortunately the evidence does not support the hypothesis. We conclude that the persistent use of abstraction at all levels of implementation is necessary to perfect expertise in its application and secure the benefits of the object-oriented paradigm.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Uncontrolled keywords: determinacy analysis, Craig interpolants
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: David Barnes
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2012 09:49
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2014 15:48
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/30777 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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