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Simon, Beth; Bouvier, Dennis; Chen, Tzu-Yi; Lewandowski, Gary; McCartney, Robert; Sanders, Kate – Computer Science Education, 2008
We report on responses to a series of four questions designed to identify pre-existing abilities related to debugging and troubleshooting experiences of novice students before they begin programming instruction. The focus of these questions include general troubleshooting, bug location, exploring unfamiliar environments, and describing students'…
Descriptors: Troubleshooting, Teaching Methods, Computer Science Education, Programming
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McCauley, Renee; Fitzgerald, Sue; Lewandowski, Gary; Murphy, Laurie; Simon, Beth; Thomas, Lynda; Zander, Carol – Computer Science Education, 2008
This paper reviews the literature related to the learning and teaching of debugging computer programs. Debugging is an important skill that continues to be both difficult for novice programmers to learn and challenging for computer science educators to teach. These challenges persist despite a wealth of important research on the subject dating…
Descriptors: Troubleshooting, Computer Science, Programming, Computer Software
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Fitzgerald, Sue; Lewandowski, Gary; McCauley, Renee; Murphy, Laurie; Simon, Beth; Thomas, Lynda; Zander, Carol – Computer Science Education, 2008
Debugging is often difficult and frustrating for novices. Yet because students typically debug outside the classroom and often in isolation, instructors rarely have the opportunity to closely observe students while they debug. This paper describes the details of an exploratory study of the debugging skills and behaviors of contemporary novice Java…
Descriptors: Troubleshooting, Teaching Methods, Computer Science Education, Programming