ITiCSE 2006 Working Group:
A Cognitive Approach to Identifying Measurable
Milestones for Programming Skill Acquisition
Jerry Mead (Bucknell U.) and Simon Gray (College of Wooster)
working group members
Caroline St.Clair (North Central College)
John Hamer (U. of Auckland)
Richard James (Rollins College
Juha Sorva (Helsinki U. of Technology)
Lynda Thomas (U. of Wales, Aberystwyth)
The working group described on this page has been formed, done its work, and published its results. This prelude is to make available a link to the group's report and to reference interested viewers to a link at the bottom of the page to our bibliography, which includes discussions of certain papers we read. The report will be published in ACM's inroads in January, 2007 -- a link to the report is here.
At this link
is a bibliography for the project - here's a pdf
version. This will be expanded and modified as the work of the group progresses. The linked page also includes summaries of certain papers from the bibliography that we read more closely.
Welcome to the Working Group 6 web page. A more enticing name would be
nice, but we will save that as the first task of the group membership.
Before writing to express an interest in the group please read the
that we submitted to ITiCSE 2006.
After reading the proposal, if you have questions do not hesitate to email
one of the organizers.
If you would like to express interest in participating in our working
group, please send an email to Jerry Mead that includes the
- A short statement indicating why you are motivated to join our
working group and how you feel you will be able to add to its success.
- A short summary of your experience as it relates to the topic.
- Confirmation that you understand the obligations of being a member of
the working group:
- to work intensively - in a distributed though collaborative fashion -
for two months prior to meeting in person in Italy.
- to arrive at the conference site three days (June 23th) prior to
the conference. For five days, June 24-28, each working groups is
expected to work in a collaborative fashion to conclude both their
research and report writing.
ITiCSE'06 Working Group page
for more details.
At this link
there is a short biography of each
member of the Working Group.
The plan of activities for the working group described in the proposal will be
refined based on input from members. After the working group is formed we will
work on the following items in the order they appear.
- Assemble a bibliography of relevant papers and books.
- From the bibliography, the group will select a short reading list.
- Each week (or appropriate time period) the group will read and discuss
via email an item from the reading list. Members of the group will take
turns serving as secretary for a reading and will be responsible for
summarizing the groups conversation for that reading.
- It is expected that an answer to Problem I will emerge from these reading
list discussions. In fact, Problem I and Problem II should be in mind
during the discussions.
- The reading should be finished by the end of May.
- In the month before Bologna the group will elaborate possible approaches
to Problem I and Problem II.
- Also in the month before Bologna the group will formalize an agenda to
focus our work at the conference.
Jerry and Simon understand that the working plan laid out may be aggressive, but
it can be adjusted as we go.
Jerry will be attending SIGCSE. If you wish to talk to him while there, send him an email.
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