Use of program schemata in lisp programming: an evaluation of its impact on learning

Authors: M. Bieliková and P. Návrat

Reference: Informatica, 9(1):5--20, 1998.


  1. Introduction
  2. The approach
  3. Schemata for functional processing of lists
    • Schema representation
    • Hierarchy of schemata
    • Schemata combining and programming techniques
  4. Experiments
    • The method of experimentation
    • Experimental results
  5. Conclusion
  6. Appendix - program schemata used in experiments
  7. References

Abstract: In the paper, we describe our approach and experience with teaching fundamentals of functional programming by program schemata construction and explanation. Program schemata for processing of lists are presented. Our approach reflects our ultimate goal - to support the learning process. As the main result, we report on experiments that allow to judge quite favourably the approach to teaching functional (Lisp) programming when the student learns a set of program schemata and how to apply them.

Keywords: program schema, functional programming, Lisp.

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