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Title Conducting Multi-Institutional Studies of Parsons Problems
Authors Barbara J. Ericson, Janice L. Pearce, Susan H. Rodger, Andrew Csizmadia, Rita Garcia, Francisco Gutierrez, Konstantinos Liaskos, Aadarsh Padiyath, Michael J. Scott, David H. Smith, Jayakrishnan Warriem, Angela Zavaleta Bernuy
Publication date 2023
Abstract Many novice programmers struggle to write code from
scratch and
get frustrated when their code does not work. Parsons problems can reduce
the difficulty of a coding problem by providing mixed-up blocks that the
learner assembles in the correct order. Parsons problems can also include
distractor blocks that are not needed in a correct solution, but which may
help students learn to recognize and fix errors. Evidence indicates that
students find Parsons problems engaging, easier than writing code from
scratch, useful for learning patterns, and typically faster to solve than
writing code from scratch with equivalent learning gains. This working group
leverages the work of the 2022 ITiCSE working group which published an
extensive literature review of Parsons problems and designed and piloted
several studies based on the gaps identified by the literature review. The
2023 working group is revising, conducting, and creating new studies. We
will analyze the data from these multi-institutional and multi-national
studies and publish the results as well as recommendations for future
working groups.
Pages 571-572
Conference name ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education
Publisher ACM Press (New York, NY, USA)
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