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Programming for Non-Programmers

  • The study reported in this paper involved the employment of specific in-class exercises using a Personal Response System (PRS). These exercises were designed with two goals: to enhance students’ capabilities of tracing a given code and of explaining a given code in natural language with some abstraction. The paper presents evidence from the actual use of the PRS along with students’ subjective impressions regarding both the use of the PRS and the special exercises. The conclusions from the findings are followed with a short discussion on benefits of PRS-based mental processing exercises for learning programming and beyond.

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Author:Rachel Or-Bach
ISSN:1868-0844 (print)
ISSN:2191-1940 (online)
Parent Title (English):KEYCIT 2014 - Key Competencies in Informatics and ICT
Subtitle (English):Fostering Comprehension Capabilities by Employing a PRS
Publisher:Universitätsverlag Potsdam
Place of publication:Potsdam
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2015
Publishing Institution:Universität Potsdam
Release Date:2015/10/27
Tag:Novice programmers; comprehension; personal response systems; tracing
First Page:335
Last Page:342
Organizational units:Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Institut für Informatik und Computational Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:0 Informatik, Informationswissenschaft, allgemeine Werke / 00 Informatik, Wissen, Systeme / 004 Datenverarbeitung; Informatik
Publication Way:Open Access
Collections:Universität Potsdam / Schriftenreihen / Commentarii informaticae didacticae (CID) / CID (2015) 07
Universität Potsdam / Schriftenreihen / Commentarii informaticae didacticae (CID) / CID (2015) 07 / Short Papers
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung, Nicht kommerziell, Keine Bearbeitung 3.0 Deutschland