Experimental Evaluation of a Program Visualisation Tool for Use in Computer Science Education

Kasmarik, K. and Thurbon, J.

    This paper presents an experimental evaluation of a program visualisation tool. Computer science students in an introductory object oriented programming course in Java were asked to respond to a series of questions regarding concepts common to the writing and debugging of code at a novice level. Statistical analysis of data collected from this experiment revealed that a diagrammatic representation can significantly improve the novice understanding of program code.
Cite as: Kasmarik, K. and Thurbon, J. (2003). Experimental Evaluation of a Program Visualisation Tool for Use in Computer Science Education. In Proc. Australian Symposium on Information Visualisation, (invis.au'03), Adelaide, Australia. CRPIT, 24. Pattison, T. and Thomas, B., Eds. ACS. 111-116.
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