The ability to articulate strategy as a predictor of programming skill

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 and Petre, Marian and Tolhurst, Denise and Tutty, Jodi (2006) The ability to articulate strategy as a predictor of programming skill. In: ACE 2006: 8th Australasian Conference on Computing Education, 16-19 Jan 2006, Hobart, Australia.

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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.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Maths and Computing
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 01:00
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2013 04:18
Uncontrolled Keywords: programming aptitude; articulation
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0803 Computer Software > 080309 Software Engineering
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970108 Expanding Knowledge in the Information and Computing Sciences

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