Salient elements in novice solutions to code writing problems

Jacqueline Whalley*, Tony Clear, Phil Robbins, Errol Thompson

*Corresponding author for this work

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This paper presents an approach to the evaluation of novice programmers' solutions to code writing problems. The first step was the development a framework comprised of the salient elements, or programming constructs, used in a set of student solutions to three typical code writing assessment problems. This framework was then refined to provide a code quality factor framework that was compared with an analysis using the SOLO taxonomy. We found that combining our framework with the SOLO taxonomy helped to define the SOLO categories and provided an improved approach to applying the principles of SOLO to code writing problems.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceeding ACE '11, Proceedings of the Thirteenth Australasian Computing Education Conference
EditorsJohn Hamer, Michael de Raadt
Place of PublicationDarlinghurst (AU)
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jan 2011
Event13th Australasian Computing Education Conference - Perth, WA, Australia
Duration: 17 Jan 201120 Jan 2011

Publication series

NameConferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology Series
PublisherAustralian Computer Society
ISSN (Print)1445-1336


Conference13th Australasian Computing Education Conference
Abbreviated titleACE '11
CityPerth, WA


  • assessment
  • novice programmers
  • SOLO taxonomy


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