Debugging performance: creative solutions to developing computer science students' problemsolving skills

Miller, P, Colasante, M and Li, X 2016, 'Debugging performance: creative solutions to developing computer science students' problemsolving skills', in Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA 2016), Freemantle, WA, Australia, 4-7 July 2016, pp. 1-11.


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Collection: Conference Papers

Title Debugging performance: creative solutions to developing computer science students' problemsolving skills
Author(s) Miller, P
Colasante, M
Li, X
Year 2016
Conference name HERDSA 2016
Conference location Freemantle, WA, Australia
Conference dates 4-7 July 2016
Proceedings title Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA 2016)
Publisher Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Inc
Place of publication New South Wales, Australia
Start page 1
End page 11
Abstract Programming is an area of learning in computer science that students struggle with, in particular, they debug software poorly. Debugging is a key problem-solving skill in computer science and IT industries. This study examined how novices, undergraduate programming students, go about their debugging and how teachers guiding them into professional life can encourage improved performance. Using action research methodology, a new prototype debugging assessment strategy was developed, evaluated, and advanced. This paper focusses on an action research phase where qualitative data collection methods involved artefact analysis of online activities of students undertaking debugging assessments under computer laboratory trial conditions,; and both student and teacher focus group interviews. Themes emergent from the data analysis included relevance and transferability of debugging skills, and improvements identified for the strategy. This study resulted in benefits toward addressing
Subjects Higher Education
Education Assessment and Evaluation
Computer Software not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) authentic assessment
debugging
problem-solving skills
Copyright notice Copyright © 2016 Paul Miller, Meg Colasante and Xiaodong Li
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