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Integrating pedagogical code reviews into a CS 1 course: an empirical study

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Integrating pedagogical code reviews into a CS 1 course: an empirical study
Formal code inspections are employed by teams of professional software engineers to identify software defects and improve the quality of software. After reviewing a piece of code individually, members of an inspection team come together to log the issues they have found, and to find new ones. Within the scope of a multi-institutional research project to adapt, refine, and evaluate studio-based learning methods in computing education, we are developing an adaptation of the formal code inspection called the pedagogical code review for use in lower-division computer science courses. In a pedagogical code review, a group of three to four students, led by a trained moderator, (a) walk through segments of each other's programming assignments, (b) check the code against a list of best coding practices, and (c) discuss and log issues that arise. We implemented pedagogical code inspections in three lab sessions of a CS 1 course. Through an analysis of inspection logs and exit surveys, we ...
Christopher D. Hundhausen, Anukrati Agrawal, Dana
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Type Conference
Year 2009
Where SIGCSE
Authors Christopher D. Hundhausen, Anukrati Agrawal, Dana Fairbrother, Michael Trevisan
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