A review of Australasian investigations into problem solving and the novice programmer

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de Raadt, Michael. 2007. "A review of Australasian investigations into problem solving and the novice programmer." Computer Science Education. 17 (3), pp. 201-213. https://doi.org/10.1080/08993400701538104
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A review of Australasian investigations into problem solving and the novice programmer

ERA Journal ID17800
Article CategoryArticle
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Authorde Raadt, Michael
Journal TitleComputer Science Education
Journal Citation17 (3), pp. 201-213
Number of Pages13
Year2007
Place of PublicationLondon, United Kingdom
ISSN0899-3408
1744-5175
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/08993400701538104
Web Address (URL)http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~content=a781541978
Abstract

This Australasian focused review compares a number of recent studies that have identified difficulties encountered by novices while learning programming and problem solving. These studies have shown that novices are not performing at expected levels and many novices have only a fragile knowledge of programming, which may prevent them from learning and applying problem solving strategies. The review goes on to explore proposals for explicitly incorporating problem solving strategy instruction into introductory programming curricula and assessment, in an attempt to produce improved learning outcomes for novices. Finally, directions suggested by the reviewed studies are gathered and some unanswered questions are raised.

ANZSRC Field of Research 2020460903. Information modelling, management and ontologies
390303. Higher education
390409. Learning sciences
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