Scaffolded Block-based Instructional Tool for Linear Data Structures: A Constructivist Design to Ease Data Structures’ Understanding
Daniel Almanza-Cortés, Manuel Del Toro-Salazar, Ricardo Urrego-Arias, Universidad El Bosque ; Pedro Feijóo-García, University of Florida Universidad El Bosque ; Fernando De la Rosa-Rosero, Universidad de los Andes
iJET Volume 14, Number 10, ISSN 1863-0383 Publisher: International Association of Online Engineering, Kassel, Germany
Data Structures courses commonly introduce topics involving high levels of abstraction and complexity, requiring significant effort from instructors and apprentices to achieve positive outcomes from the teaching-learning process. Despite the multiple studies that have occurred within the Computer Science Education (CSE) community to understand the experiences novice programmers may have when learning how to program, there is still a lack of exploration and research on understanding these experiences in scenarios different from first-year Computer Science (CS) courses. Looking further from CS introductory courses, this paper presents the results of a pilot study that evaluated the interaction of a group of CS Colombian students with DStBlocks, which is a scaffolded block-based instructional technology, designed and developed to ease linear data structures understanding. The findings and results of this pilot study are favorable, corresponding to tests centered on user experience and learning impact.
Almanza-Cortés, D., Del Toro-Salazar, M., Urrego-Arias, R., Feijóo-García, P. & De la Rosa-Rosero, F. (2019). Scaffolded Block-based Instructional Tool for Linear Data Structures: A Constructivist Design to Ease Data Structures’ Understanding. International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning (iJET), 14(10), 161-179. Kassel, Germany: International Association of Online Engineering.