URGENT: Testing Inclination to Programming

2011-03-18 Thread Stefano Federici
Dear collegues, I want to thank you the list for the precious suggestions about the evaluation of programming environments. Now I have an urgent need to know which (if any) are the specific tests that would allow me to group students that have an inclination to programming from students

Re: URGENT: Testing Inclination to Programming

2011-03-18 Thread Thomas Green
Dear Stefano Since nobody else has replied yet, and you say it's urgent: YES: Mathematical and logical skills, yes. But I really don't think you need to do more than ask them what educational qualifications they have. Previous programming experience - the best criterion might be number

Re: URGENT: Testing Inclination to Programming

2011-03-18 Thread scheila
Hi there!!! This is great material about Self-efficacy theory, also self-efficacy to programming 1. Bandura, A., ?Self-efficacy: Toward a unifying theory of behavioral change?, Psychological Review, Vol. 84, No. 2, 1977, pp. 191-215. 2. Karsten R. Roth R.M. /Computer self/-/efficacy: a

Re: URGENT: Testing Inclination to Programming

2011-03-18 Thread Rebecca Yates
Are there other domains that may be relevent for an individual so to understand in advance if they have an inclination to computer programming? Possibly relevant: Mental models, Consistency and Programming Aptitude (Bornat, Dehnadi and Simon 2008). It's an investigation into whether

Re: URGENT: Testing Inclination to Programming

2011-03-18 Thread Stefano Federici
YES: Mathematical and logical skills, yes. But I really don't think you need to do more than ask them what educational qualifications they have. Being them Italian students at the university level, having an educational qualification is not often a good indicator of what skills they

Re: URGENT: Testing Inclination to Programming

2011-03-18 Thread Thomas Green
How deeply do you want to go into this? 1) If you're trying to set up balanced groups for a study, then you only need to know about factors that will give a sizeable noise level if they are not balanced across groups. That's what I thought you wanted to do, am I right? 2) If you want to

Re: URGENT: Testing Inclination to Programming

2011-03-18 Thread Richard Bornat
On 18 Mar 2011, at 14:40, Stefano Federici wrote: Now I have an urgent need to know which (if any) are the specific tests that would allow me to group students that have an inclination to programming from students that have so such an inclination, and students that already know how to

Re: URGENT: Testing Inclination to Programming

2011-03-18 Thread Richard Bornat
On 18 Mar 2011, at 17:28, Richard Bornat wrote: Those who use the wrong model or no model can't program, whether or not they say they can I meant, of course, can't program _yet_. Richard Bornat -- The Open University is incorporated by Royal Charter (RC 000391), an exempt charity in

Re: URGENT: Testing Inclination to Programming

2011-03-18 Thread Richard O'Keefe
Re self-efficacy, read Unskilled and Unaware of it: How Difficulties in Recognizing One's Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-Assessments Kruger and Dunning Psychology, 2009, 1, 30-46 Abstract People tend to hold overly favorable views of their