PPIG 2010 - 22nd Annual Workshop
Enhancing Comprehension by Using Random Access Memory (RAM) Diagrams in Teaching Programming: Class Experiment
Leonard J. Mselle
Abstract: This paper presents results of an experiment in which Random Access Memory (RAM) diagrams were used to teach novice students C programming. Students were divided into two groups that were differently instructed. The control group was instructed in the traditional way while the experiment group was instructed with the aid of RAM diagrams employed throughout the course. Examination results from the two groups were compared. Statistical analysis was done and the Z value was calculated. The results suggest that the use of RAM diagrams improves programming comprehension and programming skills.