Exploring programming assessment instruments: a classification scheme for examination questions

Association of Computing Machinery
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Proceedings of the ACM SIGCSE 2011 International Computing Education Research Workshop, 2011, pp. 33 - 38
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This paper describes the development of a classification scheme that can be used to investigate the characteristics of introductory programming examinations. We describe the process of developing the scheme, explain its categories, and present a taste of the results of a pilot analysis of a set of CS1 exam papers. This study is part of a project that aims to investigate the nature and composition of formal examination instruments used in the summative assessment of introductory programming students, and the pedagogical intentions of the educators who construct these instruments.
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