Platyhelminthes Are [Re]constructed Recursively

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In this paper we propose a progressive technique for teaching recursion with the aim of making easier the understanding of this concept by students of other areas than computer science. Since knowledge is intended to be actively constructed by the students and not passively absorbed from textbooks and lecturers, the adopted teaching technique is derived from constructivism. This paper presents a study of the results obtained in 2005 by two groups of students from Mathematics and Statistics degrees.

Work partially supported by the Spanish MCYT project TIC2003–07848–C02–01.