Pattern-oriented instruction and its influence on problem decomposition and solution construction

Orna Muller, David Ginat, Bruria Haberman

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Abstract

Novices often experience difficulties in problem analysis and solution construction. Pattern-oriented instruction (POI) is a pedagogical approach based on incorporating patterns into instruction design. It is well-grounded in cognitive theories concerning knowledge construction and organization as well as the acquisition of expertise in problem solving. We show that the incorporation of algorithmic patterns through POI may enhance the construction of algorithmic problem-solving knowledge. Findings of a comparative research study showed that novices who studied according to the POI approach exhibited better problem-solving competence than those who studied in a traditional manner. Specifically, they were more competent in problem decomposition and solution construction.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationITiCSE 2007
Subtitle of host publication12th Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education - Inclusive Education in Computer Science
Pages151-155
Number of pages5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2007
EventITiCSE 2007: 12th Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education - Inclusive Education in Computer Science - Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom
Duration: 25 Jun 200727 Jun 2007

Publication series

NameITiCSE 2007: 12th Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education - Inclusive Education in Computer Science

Conference

ConferenceITiCSE 2007: 12th Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education - Inclusive Education in Computer Science
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityDundee, Scotland
Period25/06/0727/06/07

Keywords

  • Algorithmic patterns
  • Pattern-oriented instruction
  • Problem decomposition
  • Problem solving

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