A web-based learning model for improving programming students' mental models

L. Ma, J. D. Ferguson, M. Roper, I. Ross, M. Wood

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution book

29 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Recent research has found that many programming students often hold non-viable mental models of basic programming concepts such as assignment and object reference. To improve those students’ mental models, a constructivist-based learning model, integrating a cognitive conflict strategy with program visualisation, was proposed by the authors. In addition, a web-based learning environment has been developed to offer a practical tool for instructors and students to use the proposed learning model for teaching and learning. This paper describes this learning environment and also presents a preliminary study that was conducted to investigate the performance of this learning environment. The results of this study reveal that the learning environment is effective in helping students construct viable mental models of a relative simple concept, namely value assignment. The current aim of this work is to extend the environment to cover a number of key programming concepts and to make it available to fellow researchers and instructors for further investigation in their own teaching contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 9th annual conference of the subject centre for information and computer sciences
EditorsHazel White
Pages88-94
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2008
Event9th Annual Conference of the Subject Centre for Information and Computer Sciences - Liverpool, United Kingdom
Duration: 26 Aug 200828 Aug 2008

Conference

Conference9th Annual Conference of the Subject Centre for Information and Computer Sciences
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLiverpool
Period26/08/0828/08/08

Keywords

  • web-based
  • learning model
  • improving programming
  • students' mental models
  • programming learning
  • program visualisation
  • cognitive conflict
  • mental models

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'A web-based learning model for improving programming students' mental models'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this