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ERIC Number: EJ799333
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
ISSN: ISSN-1050-8406
Fertile Zones of Cultural Encounter in Computer Science Education
Kolikant, Yifat Ben-David; Ben-Ari, Mordechai
Journal of the Learning Sciences, v17 n1 p1-32 Jan 2008
We explain certain learning difficulties in computer science education as resulting from a clash between the students' culture as computer users and the professional computing culture. We propose the concept of fertile zones of cultural encounter as a way of overcoming these learning difficulties. This pedagogical approach aims to bridge the gap between cultures by designing interventions that are appreciated by members of both cultures, yet also guide the student to engage in the practices of the professional culture. The learning difficulties are demonstrated by a detailed analysis of episodes taken from an advanced high school computer science course in concurrency. We show that fertile zones of cultural encounter can be successful in significantly improving learning of this subject. (Contains 2 figures, 2 tables and 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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