June 20, 2010
June 20, 2010
June 23, 2010
Computers in Education
15.338.1 - 15.338.20
Curriculum Sequences Construction in a Web-based van Hiele Tutor Using Bayesian Network
Educational content on the Internet is rapidly increasing. Educational institutions and businesses are placing more course material online to supplement classroom and business training situations. Prior researchers have reported that this new web-based training technology has not integrated sound pedagogical practices into the authoring process when developing new tutorials. This paper formulates an alternative pedagogical approach that encompasses the van Hiele Model, cognitive model, and Bayesian network to design the curriculum content and sequence, to provide intelligent navigation support, and to make individualized diagnosis of student solutions in learning computer programming possible.
Programming is a vital area in computer science education and a fundamental part of the computer science curriculum1 . Research shows that computer programming languages help students develop problem solving ability and analytical skills2,3,4. Ebrahimi5 claims that the study of programming provides a golden opportunity for: 1) understanding human problem solving, 2) learning the important aspects of programming, and 3) contributing to the refinement of programming languages, training, tools, and design methods. In addition, programming experience as a part of IT education allows students to get a better understanding of software, which is an essential part of computers6.
Although there are a variety of possible motivations for learning to program, the task can be very difficult for beginning students of all ages7. In addition to the challenges of learning to form structured solutions to problems and understanding how programs are executed, beginning programmers also have to learn a rigid syntax and commands that may have seemingly arbitrary or perhaps confusing names. Tackling all these challenges simultaneously can be overwhelming and often discouraging for beginning programmers.
The learning and teaching of computer programming and that of geometry have many common features. The van Hiele’s five-phase learning model for teaching computer programming has the
Chen, J. W. (2010, June), Curriculum Sequences Construction In A Web Based Van Hiele Tutor Using Bayesian Network Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. 10.18260/1-2--16381
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