Improving Computer Science Education examines suitable theoretical frameworks for conceptualizing teaching and learning computer science. This highly useful book provides numerous examples of practical, "real world" applications of major computer science information topics, such as: * Spreadsheets * Databases * Programming Each chapter concludes with a section that summarzies recommendations for teacher professional development. Traditionally, computer science education has been skills-focused and disconnected from the reality students face after they leave the classroom. Improving Computer Science Education makes the subject matter useful and meaningful by connecting it explicitly to students' everyday lives.
Djordje M. Kadijevich (PhD, University of Joensuu, Finland) is scientific counselor at the Mathematical Institute of Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Serbia. Charoula Angeli (PhD, Indiana University) is associate professor of instructional technology at the University of Cyprus. Carsten Schulte (PhD, University of Paderborn, Germany) is professor of computer science education research at the Free University, Germany.
Part 1 Improving learning 1 Text comprehension in computer science education by Maria Grigoriadou and Alexandra Gasparinatou 2 Learning about spreadsheets by Djordje M. Kadijevich 3 Personalizing learning about databases by Peter K. Antonitsch Part 2 Methodological perspectives 4 Visualization of programming by Mordechai Ben-Ari 5 Unplugging computer science by Tim Bell and Heidi Newton 6 Assessment of students' programs by Valentina Dagiene and Bronius Skupas Part 3 Improving teaching 7 Three computing traditions in school computing education by Matti Tedre and Mikko Apiola 8 Applying standards to computer science education by Carsten Schulte and Mara Saeli 9 Teaching spreadsheets: A TPCK perspective by Charoula Angeli
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