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ERIC Number: EJ1175963
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0899 3408
The Effect of Prior Education on Students' Competency in Digital Logic: The Case of Ultraorthodox Jewish Students
Ben-David Kolikant, Yifat; Genut, Sara
Computer Science Education, v27 n3-4 p149-174 2017
In line with the growing interest in extending the diversity of CS students, we examined the performance of a unique group of students studying an introductory course in Digital logic: ultraorthodox Jewish men, whose previous education was based mostly on studying Talmud and who lacked a conventional high-school education. We used questions from the Digital Logic Concept Inventory. We compared the results to those of religious Jewish men with a conventional high-school education, and to the results reported in the literature. The ultraorthodox group performed better than the other groups in tasks that concerned number representation. No other statistically significant differences were found. Talk-aloud protocols revealed that the ultraorthodox students utilized a viable conceptual understanding in their performance. We can conclude that students' unique, alternative prior education should not be merely viewed as an obstacle to their academic studies, but also as a potential source for strengths.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Israel
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