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ERIC Number: ED562103
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Oct
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
A Program Complexity Metric Based on Variable Usage for Algorithmic Thinking Education of Novice Learners
Fuwa, Minori; Kayama, Mizue; Kunimune, Hisayoshi; Hashimoto, Masami; Asano, David K.
International Association for Development of the Information Society, Paper presented at the International Association for Development of the Information Society (IADIS) International Conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning in the Digital Age (CELDA) (12th, Maynooth, Greater Dublin, Ireland, Oct 24-26, 2015)
We have explored educational methods for algorithmic thinking for novices and implemented a block programming editor and a simple learning management system. In this paper, we propose a program/algorithm complexity metric specified for novice learners. This metric is based on the variable usage in arithmetic and relational formulas in learner's algorithms. To evaluate the applicability of this metric for novice education, we discuss the differences between three previous program complexity metrics and our proposed metric. [For the full proceedings, see ED562093.]
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Japan