Measuring programming competence by assessing chunk structures in a code transcription task

Albehaijan, Noorah and Cheng, Peter C-H (2019) Measuring programming competence by assessing chunk structures in a code transcription task. CogSci 2019: The 41st Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Montreal, Canada, 24 - 27 July, 2019. Published in: Goel, Ashok, Seifert, Colleen and Freksa, Christian, (eds.) Proceedings of the 41st Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. Cognitive Science Society ISSN 1069-7977 (Accepted)

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Abstract

In a simple transcription task in which sections of Java program code are copied by freehand writing, it is demonstrated that chunk related temporal signals are sufficiently robust to permit the measurement of programming competence. An experiment with 24 participants revealed that the number of views of the stimulus per trial and the duration of writing per stimulus view are both strongly correlated with independent measures of Java competence.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Additional Information: Acknowledgements: Noorah Albehaijan's PhD study is supported by Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University.
Keywords: Chunking, program comprehension; competence measurement; transcription
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Research Centres and Groups: Creative Technology
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Depositing User: Lucy Arnold
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2019 09:26
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2019 12:03
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/83859

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