On Jul 16, 2010, at 2:06 AM, Clendon Gibson wrote:
I am not sure how to test comprehension because it will be difficult to disentangle individual student skill from the how readable the programs are. It will depend on a number of factors like comprehension of the concepts involved. So for instance if your programs are OO, then the students who do not grasp OO will have a harder time regardless of the readability of the program. Perhaps testing them on the concepts in the test program prior to the experiment would help control this.

One further point: the examples involve integers, strings, arrays,
and tuples, do not use OO, concurrency, recursion, or even case statements,
and have a cover page explaining the domain concepts.

As for disentangling, that's what analysis of variance is for, no?

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