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ERIC Number: EJ1122169
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1049-4820
Eye-Tracking Verification of the Strategy Used to Analyse Algorithms Expressed in a Flowchart and Pseudocode
Andrzejewska, Magdalena; Stolinska, Anna; Blasiak, Wladyslaw; Peczkowski, Pawel; Rosiek, Roman; Rozek, Bozena; Sajka, Miroslawa; Wcislo, Dariusz
Interactive Learning Environments, v24 n8 p1981-1995 2016
The results of qualitative and quantitative investigations conducted with individuals who learned algorithms in school are presented in this article. In these investigations, eye-tracking technology was used to follow the process of solving algorithmic problems. The algorithmic problems were presented in two comparable variants: in a pseudocode and flowchart. The eye-tracking data resulted in both qualitative (films registering the gaze paths) and quantitative measures, which allowed the detection and interpretation of the differences in the task-solving strategies between those who found the correct answer and those that did not. The results confirmed a hypothesis that use of the formal notation characteristic of a programming language for presenting algorithms is often a practical difficulty in the process of solving even simple tasks. This study opens a new direction of research; they show that eye-tracking technology can be used to optimise the educational process of learning programming.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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