Longitudinal think aloud study of a novice programmer
Teague, Donna & Lister, Raymond (2014) Longitudinal think aloud study of a novice programmer. In Whalley, Jacqui & D'Souza, Daryl (Eds.) Proceedings of the Sixteenth Australasian Computing Education Conference [Conferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology, Volume 148], Australian Computer Society, Inc., Auckland, New Zealand, pp. 41-50.
Recent research from within a neo-Piagetian perspective proposes that novice programmers pass through the sensorimotor and preoperational stages before being able to reason at the concrete operational stage. However, academics traditionally teach and assess introductory programming as if students commence at the concrete operational stage. In this paper, we present results from a series of think aloud sessions with a single student, known by the pseudonym “Donald”. We conducted the sessions mainly over one semester, with an additional session three semesters later. Donald first manifested predominately sensorimotor reasoning, followed by preoperational reasoning, and finally concrete operational reasoning. This longitudinal think aloud study of Donald is the first direct observational evidence of a novice programmer progressing through the neo-Piagetian stages.
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|Item Type:||Conference Paper|
|Additional Information:||16th Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE2014)|
|Keywords:||think aloud, HERN, programming, Neo-Piagetian theory|
|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)
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 2014 Australian Computer Society, Inc.|
|Copyright Statement:||This paper appeared at the 16th Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE2014), Auckland, New Zealand, January 2014. Conferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology (CRPIT), Vol. 148. J. Whalley and D. D'Souza, Eds. Reproduction for academic, not-for-profit purposes permitted provided this text is included.|
|Deposited On:||13 Feb 2014 05:12|
|Last Modified:||26 Feb 2015 13:24|
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