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Tuesday, July 14 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Focusing on Problem-Centered Programming Instruction

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In 2013, we began discussing what programming instruction might look like if it focused
on the problems being programmed rather than the language features being used. As a
result, we have found or devised instructional strategies that greatly changed what we do,
how we think, how we teach, and (we believe) what our students learn. Those strategies
include: Emphasizing the use of natural language algorithm descriptions; Designing
solutions that consider a division of labor between the user and program; Stressing the
process over the product; Minimizing the introduction of language-based hypotheticals;
Working with grounded examples and Actively striving to identify the source of
problem-solving barriers. Using this approach has substantially changed our teaching
behavior. We will share our experience and rationale for the approach.


J. Philip East

Philip East has been teaching computing for over 35 years. For most of that time he has been trying to better understand teaching and learning in order to improve his teaching and the teaching of computing more generally. He has published and presented numerous times in computing... Read More →

Stephen Hughes

Stephen Hughes learned to program from a young age, studied computer science and earned a doctorate emphasizing computing interface design. He has been teaching computing for 10 years. During the last five years he has added a research focus on the CS education and begun serious study... Read More →

Tuesday July 14, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
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