A qualitative think aloud study of the early Neo-Piagetian stages of reasoning in novice programmers

Teague, Donna M., Corney, Malcolm W., Ahadi, Alireza, & Lister, Raymond (2013) A qualitative think aloud study of the early Neo-Piagetian stages of reasoning in novice programmers. In Carbone, Angela & Whalley, Jacqueline (Eds.) Proceedings of 15th Australasian Computing Education Conference, ACS, Adelaide, SA.


Recent research indicates that some of the difficulties faced by novice programmers are manifested very early in their learning. In this paper, we present data from think aloud studies that demonstrate the nature of those difficulties. In the think alouds, novices were required to complete short programming tasks which involved either hand executing ("tracing") a short piece of code, or writing a single sentence describing the purpose of the code. We interpret our think aloud data within a neo-Piagetian framework, demonstrating that some novices reason at the sensorimotor and preoperational stages, not at the higher concrete operational stage at which most instruction is implicitly targeted.

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ID Code: 57541
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: neo-Piagetian, programming, think aloud, HERN
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > COMPUTER SOFTWARE (080300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Australian Computer Society, Inc.
Copyright Statement: Copyright © 2013, Australian Computer Society, Inc. This paper appeared at the 15th Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE 2013). Conferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology (CRPIT), Vol. 136. Angela Carbone and Jacqueline Whalley, Eds. Reproduction for academic, not-for profit purposes permitted provided this text is included.
Deposited On: 26 Feb 2013 23:34
Last Modified: 26 Dec 2014 20:42

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