Swapping as the Hello World of Relational Reasoning: Replications, Reflections and Extensions

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Australian Computer Society Inc
Publication Type:
Conference Proceeding
Citation:
Fourteenth Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE2012), 2012, pp. 87 - 94
Issue Date:
2012-01
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Abstract: At the previous conference in this series, Corney, Lister and Teague presented research results showing relationships between code writing, code tracing and code explaining, from as early as week 3 of semester. We concluded that the problems some students face in learning to program start very early in the semester. In this paper we report on our replication of that experiment, at two institutions, where one is the same as the original institution. In some cases, we did not find the same relationship between explaining code and writing code, but we believe this was because our teachers discussed the code in lectures between the two tests. Apart from that exception, our replication results at both institutions are consistent with our original study.
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