Work in progress - Courses dedicated to the development of logical and algorithmic thinking

Orna Muller, Amir Rubinstein

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Abstract

Undergraduate students often start their academic course of studies with inadequate learning and thinking skills. Our college has a policy of setting high standards, while supporting students' learning in a variety of ways. In this paper we present two distinctive courses designed to aid students develop logical and algorithmic thinking, essential for coping with software engineering studies. The courses are taught independently from but in parallel to Introduction to Computer Science and Math courses of first semester. Courses elaborate on algorithmic thinking, logical reasoning and argumentation while explicating abstract ideas which are often hidden in a loaded curriculum of the disciplinary courses. At the same time, connections are made to the application of the abstract ideas in the disciplinary courses. Feedback from participants in the two courses demonstrates an increased awareness and appreciation of abstract ideas beyond mathematical and programming knowledge, improved problem-solving skills and deeper understanding of concepts and principles.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication41st Annual Frontiers in Education Conference
Subtitle of host publicationCelebrating 41 Years of Monumental Innovations from Around the World, FIE 2011
DOIs
StatePublished - 2011
Event41st Annual Frontiers in Education Conference: Celebrating 41 Years of Monumental Innovations from Around the World, FIE 2011 - Rapid City, SD, United States
Duration: 12 Oct 201115 Nov 2011

Publication series

NameProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
ISSN (Print)1539-4565

Conference

Conference41st Annual Frontiers in Education Conference: Celebrating 41 Years of Monumental Innovations from Around the World, FIE 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityRapid City, SD
Period12/10/1115/11/11

Keywords

  • Algorithmic problem-solving skills
  • Argumentation
  • Logical reasoning

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