A technique for translation from problem to code

Conference Paper

Students in introductory programming courses struggle with how to turn a problem statement into code. We introduce a technique, “The Seven Steps,” that provides structure and guidance on how to approach a problem. The first four steps focus on devising an algorithm in words, then the remaining steps are to translate that algorithm to code, test the algorithm, and debug failed test cases. This approach not only gives students a way to solve problems, but also ideas for what to do if they get stuck during the process. Furthermore, it provides a way for instructors to work examples in class that focus on the process of devising the code—instructors can show how to come up with the code, rather than just showing an example. We have used this technique in several introductory programming courses—both in the classroom and online. We describe this technique and results from its use in fall 2017 courses.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hilton, AD; Lipp, GM; Rodger, SH

Published Date

  • July 2, 2018

Published In

Start / End Page

  • 375 -

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1942-647X

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9781450357074

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1145/3197091.3205807

Citation Source

  • Scopus