Do map drawing styles of novice programmers predict success in programming? A multi-national, multi-institutional study

Tolhurst, D, Baker, B, Hamer, J, Box, I, Lister, R, Cutts, Q, Petre, M, De Raadt, M, Robins, A, Fincher, S, Simon, S, Haden, P, Sutton, K, Hamilton, M and Tutty, J 2006, 'Do map drawing styles of novice programmers predict success in programming? A multi-national, multi-institutional study', Conferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology, vol. 52, pp. 213-222.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Do map drawing styles of novice programmers predict success in programming? A multi-national, multi-institutional study
Author(s) Tolhurst, D
Baker, B
Hamer, J
Box, I
Lister, R
Cutts, Q
Petre, M
De Raadt, M
Robins, A
Fincher, S
Simon, S
Haden, P
Sutton, K
Hamilton, M
Tutty, J
Year 2006
Journal name Conferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology
Volume number 52
Start page 213
End page 222
Total pages 10
Publisher Australian Computer Society
Abstract In this paper, we present the results of one aspect of a multinational, multi-institutional study of computer programming students. Specifically, this paper reports on an exploration of relationships between novice programmers' map-drawing styles (landmark, route or survey) and success in a first programming course at tertiary level. Relationships were found between map-drawing style and success of students in introductory programming' courses, but there were mediating factors that resulted in some mixed findings between the countries in which data was collected. The results of this study identify some rich areas for further exploration, and suggests how this line of research might progress.
Subject Computer-Human Interaction
Keyword(s) navigation
way-finding
introductory programming
novice programmers
Copyright notice Copyright © 2006, Australian Computer Society, Inc.
ISSN 1445-1336
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