Activating "black boxes" instead of opening "zippers" a method of teaching novices basic CS concepts

Bruria Haberman*, Yifat Ben David Kolikant

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

In this paper we implement and evaluate of a unique instructional method for teaching basic concepts in computer science. This method is based on introducing a new concept through activating "black boxes" that demonstrate the properties of the concept and its role in the computing process. We used the "black box"-based instructional method to teach basic concepts of computation to novice high-school students. Later we conducted research aimed at assessing the effectiveness of this method on novice students' perceptions of basic concepts in computation. Research results indicated that students who learned according to the "black box"based approach gained a better understanding of the basic computational model, compared to students who learned according to the traditional "zipper" approach.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages41-44
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 6th Annual SIGCSE Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education - Cantenbury, United Kingdom
Duration: 25 Jun 200127 Jun 2001

Conference

ConferenceProceedings of the 6th Annual SIGCSE Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityCantenbury
Period25/06/0127/06/01

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