Educators' approach towards their students' mistakes can have significant impact on the students. This paper presents a rather less considered approach of teaching by capitalizing on mistakes. In the course of teaching our students algorithm design, we noticed the phenomenon of students' "over-reliance" on intuition rather than rigor. In particular, we noticed a repeated erroneous trend of turning to intuitive, but inadequate greedy algorithmic solutions. We capitalized on the student errors for influencing their attitude and beliefs regarding intuition and rigor. The paper displays the student errors and our capitalization-on-errors approach, with colorful and novel algorithmic tasks.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||SIGCSE Bulletin (Association for Computing Machinery, Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education)|
|State||Published - 2003|
|Event||Proceedings of the 34th SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education - Reno,NV, United States|
Duration: 19 Feb 2003 → 22 Feb 2003
- Student errors