Neo-Piagetian Theory and the novice programmer

Teague, Donna (2015) Neo-Piagetian Theory and the novice programmer. PhD by Publication, Queensland University of Technology.


This PhD project studied the genetic epistemology of novice programmers, and provides empirical evidence that the development of programming skills can be described using the neo-Piagetian cognitive development framework. The thesis identifies the manifestations of each of the early neo-Piagetian stages of development in the programming domain – that is: sensorimotor, preoperational and concrete operational. This research informs not only tertiary pedagogy, but teaching and learning of computer programming in any setting. It will enable educators to (a) identify the developmental stage of their students, (b) provide stage-appropriate learning resources and (c) assist students in transitioning to the next more mature stage of reasoning.

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ID Code: 86690
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD by Publication)
Supervisor: Lister, Raymond & Fidge, Colin
Keywords: Neo-Piagetian theory, cognitive development, novice programming, learning to program, think aloud, abstract reasoning, verbal protocol analysis, in-class test, genetic epistemology
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 10 Dec 2015 05:01
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2015 05:09

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