ERIC Number: ED392417
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
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Assessing Computer Knowledge among College Students.
Parrish, Allen; And Others
This paper reports on a study involving the administration of two examinations that were designed to evaluate student knowledge in several areas of computing. The tests were given both to computer science majors and to those enrolled in computer science classes from other majors. They sought to discover whether computer science majors demonstrated greater knowledge than non-majors about traditional computer science concepts, persons and events in the history of computing, and general "literacy" with products on the commercial computing market. The tests were also developed to measure the degree to which the introductory computer science course provided high-level familiarity with the breadth of the discipline. Results indicated that computer science majors are substantially more familiar than non-majors with computing topics in general, even those topics not explicitly targeted by the curriculum. Testing also revealed that students just completing a "breadth-first" introductory computer science course did not necessarily exhibit knowledge spanning the entire breadth of computing. Seven sample test questions are provided, along with seven tables displaying test results in each section. The findings of the study may be used to develop a senior capstone course which addresses the areas of computing history, the commercial product market, and legal and ethical computing issues. (Author/BEW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Beginning Competence; Breadth of Perspective; Computer Science Education Research
Note: In: "Emerging Technologies, Lifelong Learning, NECC '95"; see IR 017 705.