Prompting for Free Self-Explanations Promotes Better Code Comprehension


We present in this paper a summary analysis of log files collected during an experiment designed to test the hypothesis that prompting for free self-explanations leads to better comprehension of computer code examples. Indeed, the results indicate that students who were prompted to self-explain while trying to understand code examples performed significantly better at predicting the correct output of the examples than students who were just prompted to read the code examples and predict their output.

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CEUR Workshop Proceedings

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