ERIC Number: EJ888702
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
Teaching Computer Science through Problems, Not Solutions
Fee, Samuel B.; Holland-Minkley, Amanda M.
Computer Science Education, v20 n2 p129-144 Jun 2010
Regardless of the course topic, every instructor in a computing field endeavors to engage their students in deep problem-solving and critical thinking. One of the specific learning outcomes throughout our computer science curriculum is the development of independent, capable problem solving--and we believe good pedagogy can bring such about. Our experiences indicate to us that students improve their ability to analyze and solve complex computational problems when we pursue pedagogies that support them in developing these skills incrementally. Specifically, we pursue a problem-based learning approach that we apply individually in each course as well as across the entire curriculum of our department, instead of solely considering our pedagogy on a course-by-course basis.
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Problem Solving, Computer Science, Teaching Methods, Curriculum, College Students, Liberal Arts, Information Technology, Student Projects, Skill Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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