The ability to articulate strategy as a predictor of programming skill

Simon, S, Cutts, Q, Fincher, S, Haden, P, Robins, A, Sutton, K, Baker, B, Box, I, De Raadt, M, Hamer, J, Hamilton, M, Lister, R, Petre, M, Tolhurst, D and Tutty, J 2006, 'The ability to articulate strategy as a predictor of programming skill', Conferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology, vol. 52, pp. 181-188.


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Title The ability to articulate strategy as a predictor of programming skill
Author(s) Simon, S
Cutts, Q
Fincher, S
Haden, P
Robins, A
Sutton, K
Baker, B
Box, I
De Raadt, M
Hamer, J
Hamilton, M
Lister, R
Petre, M
Tolhurst, D
Tutty, J
Year 2006
Journal name Conferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology
Volume number 52
Start page 181
End page 188
Total pages 8
Publisher Australian Computer Society
Abstract A multi-national, multi-institutional study investigating introductory programming courses drew on student participants from eleven institutions, mainly in Australasia, during the academic year of 2004. A number of diagnostic tasks were used to explore cognitive, behavioural, and attitudinal factors such as spatial visualisation and reasoning, the ability to articulate strategies for commonplace search and design tasks, and attitudes to studying. This paper reports in detail on the task that required participants to articulate a commonplace search strategy. The results indicate that increasing measures of richness of articulation of a search strategy are associated with higher marks in the course.
Subject Computer Software not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) programming aptitude
articulation
Copyright notice © 2006 Australian Computer Society Inc
ISSN 1445-1336
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