|Título||Student understanding of the C++ notional machine through traditional teaching with conceptual contraposition and program memory tracing|
|Tipo de publicación||Conference Paper|
|Year of Publication||2015|
|Autores||Hidalgo-Céspedes, J, Marín-Raventós, G, Lara-Villagrán, V|
|Conference Name||Latin American Computing Conference|
|Conference Location||Arequipa, Perú|
|Palabras clave||constructivism, lecture, notional machine, program memory tracing, Program visualization, programming learning|
In order to learn a programming language, a correct understanding of its notional machine is mandatory. Students acquire that comprehension mainly through visual and verbal explanations provided by professors, books, videos, and other instructional materials. This research applied the conceptual contraposition technique and program memory tracing technique to the prevalent teaching method in our country: the lecture. The understanding of the C++ notional machine was evaluated on students of a Programming II (CS2) course that implemented the mentioned methods. Results revealed that these techniques applied to the lecture are insufficient to help students develop satisfactory mental models of the C++ notional machine.