A multi-institutional investigation of computer science seniors' knowledge of programming concepts
Proceedings of the 36th SIGCSE technical symposium on Computer science education
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SIGCSE technical symposium on Computer science education
Mathematics and Computer Science
Research on learning suggests the importance of helping students organize their knowledge around meaningful patterns of information. This paper reports on a multi-institutional study to investigate how senior computer science majors articulate and organize their knowledge of programming concepts using a card-sorting technique adopted from knowledge acquisition. We show that card-sorts are an effective means of eliciting students' knowledge structures and suggest they can also be used to help students organize their knowledge throughout the curriculum.
Laurie Murphy, Renée McCauley, Suzanne Westbrook, Timothy Fossum, Susan Haller, Briana B. Morrison, Brad Richards, Kate Sanders, Carol Zander, Ruth E. Anderson. "A multi-institutional investigation of computer science seniors' knowledge of programming concepts." In the Proceedings of the 36th SIGCSE technical symposium on Computer science education, pages 510-514, New York, NY, USA, 2005. ACM Press.