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Evaluating the effect of using scaffolding techniques to support Java programming on a mobile phone

Mbogo, Chao, Edwin Blake and Hussein Suleman (2016) Evaluating the effect of using scaffolding techniques to support Java programming on a mobile phone. IADIS International Journal on WWW/Internet 14(1):101-124.

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Abstract

The ubiquity of mobile phones provides an opportunity to use them as a resource for construction of programs beyond the classroom. However, limitations of mobile phones impede their use as typical programming environments. This research proposed that programming environments on mobile phones could include scaffolding techniques specifically designed for mobile phones, and designed based on learners’ needs. Experiments were conducted with 142 learners from three universities in Kenya and South Africa in order to investigate the effect on learners of using the theoretically-derived scaffolding techniques to construct Java programs on a mobile phone. The results provided empirical evidence that scaffolding techniques specifically designed for mobile phones and designed based on learners’ needs could effectively support the construction of programs on a mobile phone.

EPrint Type:Journal (Paginated)
Keywords:Mobile Phone, Java, Programming, Scaffolding, Effect
Subjects:K Computing Milieux: K.3 COMPUTERS AND EDUCATION
D Software: D.3 PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES
ID Code:1168
Deposited By:Suleman, Hussein
Deposited On:17 Febuary 2017
Alternative Locations:http://www.iadisportal.org/ijwi/papers/2016141108.pdf