New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Educational Research and Methods
Computational science and engineering is an important field that integrates computational tools and methods, and disciplinary sciences and engineering to solve complex problems. However, several research studies and national agencies report that engineering students are not well prepared to use or create these tools in the context of their discipline. Furthermore, some of the skills within computational science and engineering (e.g., programming) can be difficult to learn. This study explores potential pedagogical strategies for the implementation of worked-examples in the context of computational science and engineering. Students’ self-explanations of a worked-example are collected as in-code comments, and analyzed to identify effective self-explanation strategies. The results from this study suggest that students’ in-code comments: (1) can be used to elicit self-explanations and engage students in exploring the worked-example; and (2) show differences that can be used to identify the self-explanation effect.
Vieira, C., & Roy, A., & Magana, A. J., & Falk, M. L., & Reese, M. J. (2016, June), In-code Comments as a Self-explanation Strategy for Computational Science Education Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25642
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