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PhD Preliminary Oral Exam – Eman Almadhoun

Uncovering Student Mental Models of Linked Lists in Data Structures to Identify Their Misunderstandings

In computer science, learning abstract fundamental concepts that require students to understand memory management can be very difficult and lead to misunderstandings that carry on into the advanced topics. This is especially true in data structures, and understanding how novice students' think about data structures, after learning about them in class, is important for improving teaching and learning in computer science. More specifically, this research focuses on measuring students' mental models about linked lists and visual-spatial reasoning to uncover how undergraduate students reason about the lists and identify difficulties or misunderstandings students have.

Major Advisor: Jennifer Parham-Mocello
Committee: Margaret Burnett
Committee: Mike Bailey
Committee: Christopher A. Sanchez
GCR: Maggie Niess

Wednesday, March 18 at 9:00am to 11:00am

Bexell Hall, 207
2251 SW Campus Way, Corvallis, OR 97331

Event Type

Lecture or Presentation

Event Topic

Research

Organization
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Contact Name

Dakota Nelson

Contact Email

eecs.gradinfo@oregonstate.edu

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