Constructivist Learning During Software Development

Constructivist Learning During Software Development

Václav Rajlich (Wayne State University, USA) and Shaochun Xu (Laurentian University, Canada)
DOI: 10.4018/jcini.2007070106


This article explores the non-monotonic nature of the programmer learning that takes place during incremental program development. It uses a constructivist learning model that consists of four fundamental cognitive activities: absorption that adds new facts to the knowledge, denial that rejects facts that do not fit in, reorganization that reorganizes the knowledge, and expulsion that rejects obsolete knowledge. A case study of an incremental program development illustrates the application of the model and demonstrates that it can explain the learning process with episodes of both increase and decrease in the knowledge. Implications for the documentation systems are discussed in the conclusions.

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