Exploring variation in students' correct traces of linear recursion

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Abstract

There has been a wealth of education research focused on recursion. This research has documented students' persistent difficulties with recursion, a variety of pedagogical approaches, and students' correct and incorrect mental models of recursion. This paper explores the variation in students' successful attempts to trace linear recursion. The findings go beyond correct and incorrect mental models to show how each of four modes of tracing linear recursion may require or facilitate a particular understanding of recursion. Additionally, the current study shows how knowledge of algebraic substitution can be applied to tracing linear recursion, and identifies a potential difficulty in students transferring this knowledge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationICER 2014 - Proceedings of the 10th Annual International Conference on International Computing Education Research
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages67-74
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781450327558
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event10th Annual International Conference on International Computing Education Research, ICER 2014 - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: Aug 11 2014Aug 13 2014

Publication series

NameICER 2014 - Proceedings of the 10th Annual International Conference on International Computing Education Research

Conference

Conference10th Annual International Conference on International Computing Education Research, ICER 2014
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityGlasgow
Period8/11/148/13/14

Keywords

  • Mental models
  • Recursion
  • Representations
  • Transfer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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