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Goldsmith, Judy; Mattei, Nicholas – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2014
The undergraduate computer science curriculum is generally focused on skills and tools; most students are not exposed to much research in the field, and do not learn how to navigate the research literature. We describe how fiction reviews (and specifically science fiction) are used as a gateway to research reviews. Students learn a little about…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Computer Science, Educational Research, Undergraduate Students
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Clarke, Peter J.; Davis, Debra; King, Tariq M.; Pava, Jairo; Jones, Edward L. – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2014
As software becomes more ubiquitous and complex, the cost of software bugs continues to grow at a staggering rate. To remedy this situation, there needs to be major improvement in the knowledge and application of software validation techniques. Although there are several software validation techniques, software testing continues to be one of the…
Descriptors: Computer Software, Professional Personnel, Engineering, Testing
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Buchanan, Sarah; Laviola, Joseph J., Jr. – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2014
We present CSTutor, a sketch-based interface designed to help students understand data structures, specifically Linked Lists, Binary Search Trees, AVL Trees, and Heaps. CSTutor creates an environment that seamlessly combines a user's sketched diagram and code. In each of these data structure modes, the user can naturally sketch a data structure on…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Visual Aids, Computer Uses in Education, Computer Interfaces
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Lukowiak, Marcin; Radziszowski, Stanislaw; Vallino, James; Wood, Christopher – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2014
With the continuous growth of cyberinfrastructure throughout modern society, the need for secure computing and communication is more important than ever before. As a result, there is also an increasing need for entry-level developers who are capable of designing and building practical solutions for systems with stringent security requirements.…
Descriptors: Computer Security, Computers, Computer Software, Computer Science Education