Cognitive model and problem-solving processes of computer programmers

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dc.contributor.advisor Catano, Victor M. (Victor Michael), 1944-
dc.creator Benoit, D. M.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-09T12:31:36Z
dc.date.available 2011-05-09T12:31:36Z
dc.date.issued 1988
dc.identifier.other BF431 B46 1988
dc.identifier.uri http://library2.smu.ca/xmlui/handle/01/22185
dc.description vii, 124 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm.
dc.description Bibliography: leaves 100-106.
dc.description.abstract Although researchers have started concentrating on the programming behavior of computer programmers, the material produced so far has not been merged into a testable theory; each study focuses on a particular problem without integrating the results into a workable overall model. In addition, most studies have concentrated on the measure of programming skills and aptitudes, rather than on the underlying cognitive processes differentiating programmers from non-programmers. While many studies focus on the human-system interaction, very little has been attempted to specify which strategies computer programmers use to solve problems, how they process and integrate information; whether these strategies are specific to a certain type of people, or whether these processes can be taught and improve with experience. Two partial models were examined, the syntactic/semantic model of programmer behavior, and the heuristic/algorithmic problem-solving model, in order to attempt to build a stronger base for the evaulation of programmer aptitudes. Analysis indicated that: on Master Mind, Experienced Programmers performed better than the General Population; Novice Programmers performed better than the Control Group; and Novice Programmers performance was related to their grade on the BASIC course. On Semantic Ability Test, Experienced Programmers performed better than General Population, althought not significantly so; Novice Programmers performance was related to tehir grade on the BASIC course, although not significantly so. (Abstract Shortened)
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University
dc.subject.lcc BF431
dc.subject.lcsh Problem solving
dc.subject.lcsh Computer programmers -- Ability testing
dc.title Cognitive model and problem-solving processes of computer programmers
dc.type Text
thesis.degree.name Master of Science in Applied Psychology
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.discipline Psychology
thesis.degree.grantor Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)


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