Analysing the effect of Natural Language Descriptions as a support for novice programmers

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Edgar Cambranes; Judith Good; Benedict du Boulay

This paper describes an experiment that has explored the effect to integrate natural language (NL) descriptions into a visual language (VL) designed for novice programmers. The experiment compared three conditions: the VL with NL representation, the VL with pseudo-code representation and the VL without second representation. The initial analysis measured the learning gain (LG) using the pre-tes and post-test scores. Comparison of overall LG scores revealed no significant difference between the groups. However, the two groups with a secondary representation, and particularly the NL group, might be better assisted with some of their programming tasks.

Type of Publication: Paper
Conference: PPIG WIP Workshop 2013
Publication Year: 2013
Paper #: 8
TitleAnalysing the effect of Natural Language Descriptions as a support for novice programmers
Publication TypePaper
AuthorsCambranes, E, Good, J, du Boulay, B
PPIG Workshop: 
2013-07-WIP