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ERIC Number: EJ1063521
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jul
Pages: 32
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ISSN: ISSN-1540-4595
Active Learning through Modeling: Introduction to Software Development in the Business Curriculum
Roussev, Boris; Rousseva, Yvonna
Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, v2 n2 p121-152 Jul 2004
Modern software practices call for the active involvement of business people in the software process. Therefore, programming has become an indispensable part of the information systems component of the core curriculum at business schools. In this paper, we present a model-based approach to teaching introduction to programming to general business students. The theoretical underpinnings of the new approach are metaphor, abstraction, modeling, Bloom's classification of cognitive skills, and active learning. We employ models to introduce the basic programming constructs and their semantics. To this end, we use statecharts to model object's state and the environment model of evaluation as a virtual machine interpreting the programs written in JavaScript. The adoption of this approach helps learners build a sound mental model of the notion of computation process. Scholastic performance, student evaluations, our experiential observations, and a multiple regression statistical test prove that the proposed ideas improve the course significantly.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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