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In spite of the widespread acceptance by academics and practitioners of structured programming precepts, relatively few formal empirical studies have been conducted to obtain evidence that either supports or refutes the theory. This paper reviews the empirical studies that have been undertaken and critiques them from the viewpoints of the soundness of their methodology and their ability to contribute to scientific understanding. In general, the evidence supporting programming precepts is weak. A framework for an ongoing research program is outlined.
Date of Publication: July 1984