Do map drawing styles of novice programmers predict success in programming? a multi-national, multi-institutional study

Tolhurst, Denise and Baker, Bob and Hamer, John and Box, Ilona and Lister, Raymond and Cutts, Quintin and Petre, Marian and de Raadt, Michael and Robins, Anthony and Fincher, Sally and Simon, and Haden, Patricia and Sutton, Ken and Hamilton, Margaret and Tutty, Jodi (2006) Do map drawing styles of novice programmers predict success in programming? a multi-national, multi-institutional study. In: ACE 2006: 8th Australasian Computing Education Conference, 16-19 Jan 2006, Hobart, Australia.

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In this paper, we present the results of one aspect of a multinational, multi-institutional study of computer programming students. Specifically, this paper reports on an exploration of relationships between novice programmers’ map-drawing styles (landmark, route or survey) and success in a first programming course at tertiary level. Relationships were found between map-drawing style and success of students in introductory programming courses, but there were mediating factors that resulted in some mixed findings between the countries in which data was collected. The results of this study identify some rich areas for further exploration, and suggests how this line of research might progress.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Research in Practice in Information Technology, Vol. 52.
Depositing User: Mr Michael de Raadt
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Maths and Computing
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 01:00
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: navigation; way-finding; introductory programming; novice programmers
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0803 Computer Software > 080302 Computer System Architecture
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080603 Conceptual Modelling
09 Engineering > 0909 Geomatic Engineering > 090901 Cartography
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes

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