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      The Effect of Reasoning Strategies on Success in Early Learning of Programming: Lessons Learned from an External Experiment Replication

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      14th International Conference on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering (EASE) (EASE)

      Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering

      12 - 13 April 2010

      Reasoning Strategies, Learning of Programming, Replication, Replicability, Lessons Learned

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            Background . Literal or theoretical replications are important to evaluate and assess empirical results. However, there are still few replications in software engineering, and fewer external replications, i.e., developed by researchers other than the original ones. Aim . This paper discusses the difficulties found and the lessons learned from performing two literal replications of an experiment involving human subjects. Results . Our results apparently contradict the conclusions of the original experiment. However, several differences in context made it difficult to achieve valid comparability. Conclusion . Experiments involving human subjects should collect and report as many qualitative context information as possible, so the results can be related to the conditions under which the hypothesis were found to be true. Besides, given the difficulties found in this study, literal replication does not seem to be the best strategy for experiments involving human subjects in software engineering.

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            Conference
            April 2010
            April 2010
            : 1-10
            Affiliations
            [0001]Centro de Informática

            Universidade Federal

            de Pernambuco

            (CIn UFPE)

            Recife, PE, Brasil
            Article
            10.14236/ewic/EASE2010.11
            7d1f30ea-4186-4248-8e26-a8e9ad0aed8b
            © A. César C. França et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. 14th International Conference on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering (EASE), Keele University, UK

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            14th International Conference on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering (EASE)
            EASE
            Keele University, UK
            12 - 13 April 2010
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering
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            Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
            Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
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            Electronic Workshops in Computing

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