Neo-Piagetian Theory and the Novice Programmer

Work in Progress
Donna Teague

This PhD research draws on neo-Piagetian theories of cognitive development to explain how novices learn to program. From an interpretive perspective, we used think aloud studies to observe novice programmers completing simple programming tasks in order to determine the reasoning skills they had utilised. The concurrent verbal reports from the think aloud studies are triangulated with in-class test data of large student cohorts to maximise the quality of the research data and validity of the results. The outcome of the research will be a mapping of the neo-Piagetian stages to behaviours exhibited by novice programmers.

Type of Publication: Paper
Conference: PPIG Doctoral Consortium 2014
Publication Year: 2014
Paper #: 4
TitleNeo-Piagetian Theory and the Novice Programmer
Publication TypePaper
AuthorsTeague, D
PPIG Workshop: 
2014-06-WIP