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Author Rosenthal, T. ♦ Suppes, P. ♦ Ben-Zvi, N.
Sponsorship IEEE Educ. Soc. ♦ IEEE Comput. Soc. ♦ American Soc. Eng. Educ. (Educ. Res. & Methods Div.)
Source IEEE Xplore Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE)
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©2002
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Social sciences ♦ Education ♦ Technology ♦ Engineering & allied operations
Subject Keyword Educational programs ♦ Computer science education ♦ Programming profession ♦ Feedback ♦ Automatic testing ♦ Performance evaluation ♦ Physics education ♦ Mathematics ♦ Computer science ♦ Computer languages
Abstract This study focuses on students' performance in a distance-learning computer-based C course offered by EPGY (Education Program for Gifted Youth) at Stanford University. Its main goal is testing the feasibility of automated evaluation. Three automated methods consisting of a criterion set and weighted scoring methods were developed empirically, then applied to four hundred programs of ten types of problems and thoroughly analyzed. For most of the assignments, the more significant criteria for evaluation were related to execution time features, (i.e. number of operations and calls to functions executed by the program), memory storage required to store the variables of the program, and code's length. The results showed that the criterion measures often differed by several orders of magnitude between students' programs and were dependent on the specific problem domain. A low correlation was found between the evaluation criteria indicating that the criteria are nearly independent. Consequently, in qualitative tests for achievement and ability students' performances exhibited high dimensionality.
Description Author affiliation: Educ. Program for Gifted Youth, Stanford Univ., CA, USA (Rosenthal, T.)
ISBN 0780374444
ISSN 01905848
Educational Role Student ♦ Teacher
Age Range above 22 year
Educational Use Research ♦ Reading
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2002-11-06
Publisher Place USA
Rights Holder Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE)
Size (in Bytes) 442.92 kB


Source: IEEE Xplore Digital Library