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ERIC Number: EJ938436
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-0899-3408
Establishing Computer Science Professional Norms among High-School Students
Kolikant, Yifat Ben-David; Pollack, Sarah
Computer Science Education, v14 n1 p21-35 2004
Norms govern the criteria by which students decide what is good and what is not good, and align their learning trajectories accordingly.We found that the high-school students' norm is to produce working, but not necessarily error-free, programs and to argue for their correctness solely on the basis of a few executions. Therefore, they prefer working directly with the computer, refining an initial idea iteratively by trial and error. To change this norm, instruction should provide a fertile environment for the growth of professional norms as an integral part of computer science training. Specifically, we suggest integrating explanatory proofs as a means of establishing norms of precision in the students' practices and methods of communication. In order to demonstrate how our approach is implemented, we describe a case study, portraying the teacher's role as a norms facilitator and illustrating the students' adjustment to the instructional activities. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A