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ERIC Number: EJ923881
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0024-1822
Computer Science and the Liberal Arts
Shannon, Christine
Liberal Education, v96 n4 p42-45 Fall 2010
Computer science and the liberal arts have much to offer each other. Yet liberal arts colleges, in particular, have been slow to recognize the opportunity that the study of computer science provides for achieving the goals of a liberal education. After the precipitous drop in computer science enrollments during the first decade of this century, many small liberal arts colleges, like their large university counterparts, found themselves with significantly diminished numbers of majors. From the author's perspective, the primary issue is that neither students nor educators really understand what computer science is. Consequently, they do not recognize the opportunities it provides for practicing precise logical and algorithmic thinking, for developing creative solutions to difficult problems, and perhaps most importantly, for encouraging interdisciplinary approaches. In this article, the author discusses what computer science education can contribute to a liberal arts education and vice versa.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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