A multi-institutional, multinational study of programming concepts using card sort data

@article{Sanders2005AMM,
  title={A multi-institutional, multinational study of programming concepts using card sort data},
  author={Kate Sanders and Sally Fincher and Dennis J. Bouvier and Gary Lewandowski and Briana B. Morrison and Laurie Murphy and Marian Petre and Brad Richards and Josh D. Tenenberg and Lynda Thomas and Richard J. Anderson and Ruth E. Anderson and Sue Fitzgerald and Alicia Gutschow and Susan M. Haller and Raymond Lister and Ren{\'e}e A. McCauley and John McTaggart and Christine Prasad and Terry Scott and Dermot Shinners-Kennedy and Suzanne Westbrook and Carol Zander},
  journal={Expert Systems},
  year={2005},
  volume={22},
  pages={121-128}
}
This paper presents a case study of the use of a repeated single-criterion card sort with an unusually large, diverse participant group. The study, whose goal was to elicit novice programmers’ knowledge of programming concepts, involved over 20 researchers from four continents and 276 participants drawn from 20 different institutions. In this paper we present the design of the study and the unexpected result that there were few discernible systematic differences in the population. The study was… CONTINUE READING
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