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ERIC Number: EJ830146
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-0899-3408
Reductive Thinking in Computer Science
Armoni, Michal; Gal-Ezer, Judith; Hazzan, Orit
Computer Science Education, v16 n4 p281-301 Dec 2006
This paper discusses the role of reduction in computer science and describes a study on undergraduate students' perception of the concept of reduction. Specifically, based on an analysis of students answers to questions addressing different computer science topics, we present several findings regarding the ways in which undergraduate students conceive of and apply reduction. These findings can be interpreted within the framework of the tension that exists between the following two factors: The need to think in terms of high levels of abstraction, on one hand, and the fact that reduction introduces a new approach to be used in problem-solving situations, on the other. In addition the paper suggests several teaching applications.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Israel