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Hubwieser, Peter; Armoni, Michal; Giannakos, Michail N. – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2015
Aiming to collect various concepts, approaches, and strategies for improving computer science education in K-12 schools, we edited this second special issue of the "ACM TOCE" journal. Our intention was to collect a set of case studies from different countries that would describe all relevant aspects of specific implementations of…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Case Studies, Educational Trends
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Kurhila, Jaakko; Vihavainen, Arto – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2015
The Finnish national school curriculum, effective from 2004, does not include any topics related to Computer Science (CS). To alleviate the problem that school students are not able to study CS-related topics, the Department of Computer Science at the University of Helsinki prepared a completely online course that is open to pupils and students in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Online Courses, Computer Science, Computer Science Education
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Isomottonen, Ville; Tirronen, Ville – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2013
Lecturing is known to be a controversial form of teaching. With massed classrooms, in particular, it tends to constrain the active participation of students. One of the remedies applied to programming education is to use technology that can vitalize interaction in the classroom, while another is to base teaching increasingly on programming…
Descriptors: Programming, Active Learning, Independent Study, Teaching Methods
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Apiola, Mikko; Lattu, Matti; Pasanen, Tomi A. – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2012
Despite much public discussion about the importance of creativity and innovation-friendly teaching in Finnish higher education, the impact of the general opinion on actual teaching practices has been limited. In the Finnish computer science education the teaching mostly follows a pattern of lectures, fixed exercise sets, and exams. With this…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Computer Science Education, Robotics, College Instruction
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Nikula, Uolevi; Gotel, Orlena; Kasurinen, Jussi – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2011
It has been estimated that more than two million students started computing studies in 1999 and 650,000 of them either dropped or failed their first programming course. For the individual student, dropping such a course can distract from the completion of later courses in a computing curriculum and may even result in changing their course of study…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Programming, Holistic Approach, College Curriculum