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Rich, Kathryn M.; Yadov, Aman; Zhu, Marissa – Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2019

Moving among levels of abstraction is an important skill in mathematics and computer science, and students show similar difficulties when applying abstraction in each discipline. While computer science educators have examined ways to explicitly teach students how to consciously navigate levels of abstraction, these ideas have not been explored in…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Computer Science Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Students

Good, Jonathon; Keenan, Sarah; Mishra, Punya – Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2016

The popular press is rife with examples of how students in the United States and around the globe are learning to program, make, and tinker. The Hour of Code, maker-education, and similar efforts are advocating that more students be exposed to principles found within computer science. We propose an expansion beyond simply teaching computational…

Descriptors: Aesthetics, Computer Science Education, Thinking Skills, Computer Literacy

Oliver, Kevin – Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2016

This paper presents the results of a comparison study between graduate students taking a software security course at an American university and international working professionals taking a version of the same course online through a free massive open online course (MOOC) created in the Google CourseBuilder learning environment. A goal of the study…

Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Online Courses, Graduate Students, Continuing Education

Straub, Jeremy; Marsh, Ronald; Whalen, David – Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2015

Project-based learning and interdisciplinary projects present an opportunity for students to learn both technical skills and other skills which are relevant to their workplace success. This paper presents an assessment of the educational impact of the OpenOrbiter program, a student-run, interdisciplinary CubeSat (a type of small satellite with…

Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Experiential Learning, Hands on Science, Space Sciences

Avancena, Aimee Theresa; Nishihara, Akinori – Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2014

Computer science for high school faces many challenging issues. One of these is whether the students possess the appropriate cognitive ability for learning the fundamentals of computer science. Online tests were created based on known cognitive factors and fundamental algorithms and were implemented among the second grade students in the…

Descriptors: High School Students, Computer Science Education, Cognitive Ability, Student Evaluation

Sherrell, Linda; Malasri, Kriangsiri; Mills, David; Thomas, Allen; Greer, James – Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2012

From 2004-2007, the University of Memphis carried out the NSF-funded Tri-P-LETS (Three P Learning Environment for Teachers and Students) project to improve local high-school computer science curricula. The project reached a total of 58 classrooms in eleven high schools emphasizing problem solving skills, programming concepts as opposed to syntax,…

Descriptors: Workshops, Inservice Teacher Education, Partnerships in Education, Secondary School Teachers

Meerbaum-Salant, Orni; Hazzan, Orit – Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2009

This paper focuses on challenges in mentoring software development projects in the high school and analyzes difficulties encountered by Computer Science teachers in the mentoring process according to Shulman's Teacher Knowledge Base Model. The main difficulties that emerged from the data analysis belong to the following knowledge sources of…

Descriptors: Mentors, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Computer Software, Computer Science

Lin, Janet Mei-Chuen; Yang, Mei-Ching – Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2009

In this study half of 52 sixth graders learned to program in MSWLogo and the other half in Drape. An analysis of students' test scores revealed that Drape (an iconic language) seemed to have a steeper learning curve than MSWLogo (a textual language). However, as students gradually became more familiar with either language, the difference in…

Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Programming Languages, Science Achievement, Instructional Effectiveness

Ragonis, Noa; Hazzan, Orit – Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2009

This paper offers a tutoring model its objective is to develop and establish the pedagogical-disciplinary knowledge of prospective computer science teachers with respect to guiding learners in problem-solving processes. The paper presents the tutoring model and the research that accompanied its implementation. The research findings indicate that…

Descriptors: Problem Solving, Tutoring, Models, Pedagogical Content Knowledge

Shubert, Charles; Ceraj, Ivica; Riley, Justin – Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2009

The advancement of computer technology used for research is creating the need to change the way classes are taught in higher education. "Bringing Research Tools into the Classroom" has become a major focus of the work of the Office of Educational Innovation and Technology (OEIT) for the Dean of Undergraduate Education (DUE) at the…

Descriptors: Research Tools, Undergraduate Study, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Innovation

Richardson, William H., Jr. – Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2006

Computational precision is sometimes given short shrift in a first programming course. Treating this topic requires discussing integer and floating-point number representations and inaccuracies that may result from their use. An example of a moderately simple programming problem from elementary statistics was examined. It forced students to…

Descriptors: Numbers, Introductory Courses, Computation, Statistics

Armoni, Michal; Gal-Ezer, Judith – Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2006

Nondeterminism is an essential concept in mathematics and one of the important concepts in computer science. It is also among the most abstract ones. Thus, many students find it difficult to cope with. In this article, we describe some didactic considerations, which guided the development of a "Computational Models" course for high school…

Descriptors: Computer Science, Student Attitudes, High School Students, Mathematical Concepts

Hazzan, Orit; Hadar, Irit – Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2005

This article presents research on students' understanding of basic concepts in Graph Theory. Students' understanding is analyzed through the lens of the theoretical framework of reducing abstraction (Hazzan, 1999). As it turns out, in spite of the relative simplicity of the concepts that are introduced in the introductory part of a traditional…

Descriptors: Science Curriculum, Computer Science Education, Abstract Reasoning, Foreign Countries

Vodounon, Maurice A. – Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2004

The primary purpose of this study was to analyze different perceptions displayed by novice programmers in the C++ programming language, and determine if modularization ability could be improved by an instructional treatment that concentrated on solving computer programs from previously existing modules. This study attempted to answer the following…

Descriptors: College Students, Academic Achievement, Student Attitudes, Programming Languages

Kolikant, Yifat Ben-David – Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2004

Computer Science formal education brings together old-timers from two computer-literate cultures. The curriculum is oriented toward the academic community, whose interest is in the abstraction, solution, and proofs of algorithmic problems, whereas many students are technology users, whose main interest is the manipulation of the products of…

Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Grade 12, Curriculum Development, Theory Practice Relationship