Computer Science Education Research

1st Edition

Sally Fincher, Marian Petre

Taylor & Francis
Published January 1, 2004
Reference - 239 Pages
ISBN 9789026519697 - CAT# RU40278

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Summary

This book provides an overview of how to approach computer science education research from a pragmatic perspective. It represents the diversity of traditions and approaches inherent in this interdisciplinary area, while also providing a structure within which to make sense of that diversity. It provides multiple 'entry points'- to literature, to methods, to topics
Part One, 'The Field and the Endeavor', frames the nature and conduct of research in computer science education. Part Two, 'Perspectives and Approaches', provides a number of grounded chapters on particular topics or themes, written by experts in each domain. These chapters cover the following topics:
* design
* novice misconceptions
* programming environments for novices
* algorithm visualisation
* a schema theory view on learning to program
* critical theory as a theoretical approach to computer science education research
Juxtaposed and taken together, these chapters indicate just how varied the perspectives and research approaches can be. These chapters, too, act as entry points, with illustrations drawn from published work.

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