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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, Jodi (2006). The Ability to Articulate Strategy as a Predictor of Programming Skill. Australian Computer Science Communications,28(5):181-188.

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Title The Ability to Articulate Strategy as a Predictor of Programming Skill
Author 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, Jodi
Journal Name Australian Computer Science Communications
Publication Date 2006
Volume Number 28
Issue Number 5
ISSN 0157-3055   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 181
End Page 188
Total Pages 8
Publisher Australian Computer Society
Field of Research INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES
0899 - Other Information and Computing Sciences
1399 - Other Education
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
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.
 
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