Visual recipes for slicing and dicing data: teaching data wrangling using subgoal graphics

Lovisa Sundin*, Nourhan Sakr, Juho Leinonen, Sherif Aly, Quintin Cutts

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Abstract

The rising demand for data wrangling skills in today’s global market poses new challenges for the programming education community. Non-majors often need to learn it quickly alongside their other subjects. Previous research suggests that subgoal labels offer a powerful scaffolding strategy to help novices decompose problems. Because data wrangling is inherently easy to represent graphically, we wonder whether such labels could be augmented with subgoal graphics. To test this idea, we developed an online tutorial that features subgoal graphics in both programmatic and non-programmatic data wrangling exercises. Following an RCT paradigm, a control group is only given subgoal labels, without any graphics. The platform collects learner activity in order to evaluate the pedagogical benefits. Participants were recruited from multiple institutions (N=197, 134). Our results did not show a significant difference in various learner performance metrics, however subjective feedback from our participants suggest that learners perceive the graphics to be very helpful. We discuss possible reasons for the apparent disparity between objective and subjective data.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationKoli Calling '21: 21st Koli Calling International Conference on Computing Education Research
PublisherACM
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-8488-9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Nov 2021
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventKoli Calling - International Conference on Computing Education Research - Online, Lieksa, Finland
Duration: 18 Nov 202121 Nov 2021
Conference number: 21
https://www.kolicalling.fi/

Conference

ConferenceKoli Calling - International Conference on Computing Education Research
Abbreviated titleKoli Calling
Country/TerritoryFinland
CityLieksa
Period18/11/202121/11/2021
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