Teaching abstraction in introductory courses


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Koppelman, Herman and Dijk van, Betsy (2010) Teaching abstraction in introductory courses. In: 15th Annual Joint Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education, ITiCSE 2010, 26-30 June 2010, Ankara, Turkey.

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Abstract:Abstraction is viewed as a key concept in computer science. It is not only an important concept but also one that is difficult to master. This paper focuses on the problems that novices experience when they first encounter this concept. Three assignments from introductory courses are analyzed, to understand why abstraction is difficult for novices. This analysis leads to a number of guidelines that can be used by instructors to support novices learning abstraction.
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Copyright:© 2010 ACM
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Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS)
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Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/publications/79611
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1822090.1822140
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