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ERIC Number: EJ861682
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-0899-3408
Adapting and Merging Methodologies in Doctoral Research
Levy, Ronit Ben-Bassat; Ben-Ari, Mordechai
Computer Science Education, v19 n2 p51-67 Jun 2009
This article describes how research methodologies were modified and integrated during the doctoral research conducted by the first author under the supervision of the second author. The research project concerned trying to understand why teachers do or don't use "Jeliot", a program animation system designed to facilitate teaching and learning of introductory programming by automatically generating a dynamic view of a program's execution. The research was initially carried out using a modification of the framework of "phenomenography", in order to uncover the ways of experiencing Jeliot. One result was a category of dissonant teachers who were enthusiastic about Jeliot but did not use it. To understand why, we used the "theory of planned behavior" (TPB) from social psychology to connect attitudes to behavior. The results were integrated back with the phenomenographic categories: we defined profiles of TPB scores that corresponded with categories of experiencing. These were used to predict the behavior of teachers from their TPB scores. The results highlighted the importance of "perceived behavioral control" in a teacher's decision to use the animation system. (Contains 1 note, 4 tables, and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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