Accession Number : ADA314082

Title :   Usability Issues in the Design of Novice Programming Systems,

Corporate Author : CARNEGIE-MELLON UNIV PITTSBURGH PA DEPT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE

Personal Author(s) : Pane, John F. ; Myers, Brad A.

PDF Url : ADA314082

Report Date : 01 AUG 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 85

Abstract : This report reviews and organizes research about novice programmers. Over the past two decades, many aspects of novice programming have been investigated, resulting in the discovery of important facts and tradeoffs about what makes programming difficult to learn, and about the effectiveness of existing languages, environments, and methods of instruction. However, because this research is dispersed throughout the literature, it is difficult for designers of new programming systems to consider all of the issues collectively. The result is that most new systems are built primarily around technical objectives, perhaps considering only a subset of the usability issues summarized here. In addition to providing a checklist of issues that should be considered in the design of future systems, this report can be used to help researchers identify fruitful topics of future novice programming research.

Descriptors :   *TEACHING METHODS, *PROGRAMMERS, EDUCATION, COMPUTER PROGRAMMING, PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES, MAN COMPUTER INTERFACE, TRADE OFF ANALYSIS.

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE