Title

An Exploration of How a Technology-Facilitated Part-Complete Solution Method Supports the Learning of Computer Programming

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Informing Science Institute

Faculty

Business and Law

School

School of Management

RAS ID

4598

Comments

This article was originally published as: Garner, S. K. (2007). An exploration of how a technology-facilitated part-complete solution method supports the learning of computer programming. Issues in Informing Science and Information Technology, 4, 491-501. Original article available here

Abstract

This paper reports on the findings from a qualitative research study into the use of a technologyfacilitated part-complete solution method (PCSM) that was used to support the learning of computer programming. The use of part-complete solutions to programming problems is one way in which the cognitive load that students experience during learning can be reduced. A code restructuring tool, CORT, was built to support the PCSM and an inquiry into its effectiveness took place over a period of 14 weeks at an Australian university. Results suggest that: the system provided strong scaffolding for student learning; students engaged well with the system and generally used a thoughtful and considered cognitive strategy; and the highest level of support was for student semantic difficulties, although there was also strong support for algorithmic and structural difficulties.