A study on teaching debugging strategies for digital circuit

Hong-Fa Ho, Duen Huang Huang

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Abstract

It is essential for educators to identify the student's reading ability when learning debugging strategies. Forty-five senior high school students (average 17.6 years old, SD=0.35) participated in this study. The participants were divided into three groups to examine the effect of three teaching materials including 1) normal reasoning, 2) a debugging process model, and 3) a debugging process model and three debugging strategies, namely, forward strategy, backward strategy, and CLOCK-based strategy. While the participants debugging a digital circuit question, the eye tracker recorded the eye movement data for analysis. The results indicated that participants receiving a debugging process model and three debugging strategies improved their debugging skills significantly by: 1) increased percentage of the participants finding bugs correctly, 2) increased percentage of the participants using debugging strategies correctly, and 3) reduced time spent on debugging in average. The findings may help educators and researchers understand the benefit of debugging strategies on digital circuits to design better teaching materials, methods, and learning strategies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2014
EditorsHiroaki Ogata, Lara Lomicka-Anderson, Ching-Sing Chai, Regine Hampel, Yusuke Hayashi, Julita Vassileva, Chen-Chung Liu, Wenli Chen, Jack Hsu, Yu-Ju Lan, Jon Mason, Masanori Yamada, Hsin-Yih Shyu, Amali Weerasinghe, Ying-Tien Wu, Li Zhang, Kinshuk, Yukihiro Matsubara, Yongwu Miao, Hiroaki Ogata, Siu Cheung Kong, Maiga Chang, Morris S. Y. Jong, Rita Kuo, Robby Robson, Barbara Wasson, Akihiro Kashihara, Ulrike Cress, Marc Jansen, Jun Oshima, Chengjiu Yin, Jianwei Zhang, Clark Chinn
PublisherAsia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education
Pages238-240
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9784990801410
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan 1
Event22nd International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2014 - Nara, Japan
Duration: 2014 Nov 302014 Dec 4

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2014

Other

Other22nd International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2014
CountryJapan
CityNara
Period14/11/3014/12/4

Keywords

  • Debugging strategy
  • Digital logic circuit
  • Eye movement data
  • Reading process
  • Timing diagram

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Education

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    Ho, H-F., & Huang, D. H. (2014). A study on teaching debugging strategies for digital circuit. In H. Ogata, L. Lomicka-Anderson, C-S. Chai, R. Hampel, Y. Hayashi, J. Vassileva, C-C. Liu, W. Chen, J. Hsu, Y-J. Lan, J. Mason, M. Yamada, H-Y. Shyu, A. Weerasinghe, Y-T. Wu, L. Zhang, Kinshuk, Y. Matsubara, Y. Miao, H. Ogata, S. C. Kong, M. Chang, M. S. Y. Jong, R. Kuo, R. Robson, B. Wasson, A. Kashihara, U. Cress, M. Jansen, J. Oshima, C. Yin, J. Zhang, ... C. Chinn (Eds.), Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2014 (pp. 238-240). (Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2014). Asia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education.