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Breaking the communication barrier: guidelines to aid communication within pair programming.

Zarb, Mark; Hughes, Janet

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Mark Zarb

Janet Hughes

Abstract

Pair programming is a software development technique with many cited benefits in learning and teaching. However, it is reported that novice programmers find several barriers to pairing up, typically due to the added communication that is required of this approach. This paper will present a literature review discussing the issue of communication, and through a series of observations with industry-based pairs, will derive a set of guidelines which aim to help novice pairs experience better communication within their pairs. An evaluation of the guidelines with undergraduate students is then reported, showing that exposure to these guidelines improved the self-perceived communication experience of novice pairs.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jun 30, 2015
Journal Computer science education
Print ISSN 0899-3408
Electronic ISSN 1744-5175
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 25
Issue 2
Pages 120-151
Institution Citation ZARB, M. and HUGHES, J. 2015. Breaking the communication barrier: guidelines to aid communication within pair programming. Computer science education [online], 25(2), pages 120-151. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1080/08993408.2015.1033125
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/08993408.2015.1033125
Keywords Pair programming; Communication; Guidelines; Evaluation

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