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Guide to Teaching Computer Science

An Activity-Based Approach

  • Presents both a conceptual framework and detailed implementation guidelines for general computer science teaching

  • Clearly written and structured to be applicable to all levels of education and for any teaching organization, without limiting its focus to instruction for any specific curriculum, programming language or paradigm

  • Provides learning activities throughout the book

  • Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras

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Table of contents (16 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Introduction—What Is this Guide About?

    • Orit Hazzan, Tami Lapidot, Noa Ragonis
    Pages 1-14
  3. Active Learning and Active-Learning-Based Teaching Model

    • Orit Hazzan, Tami Lapidot, Noa Ragonis
    Pages 15-22
  4. Overview of the Discipline of Computer Science

    • Orit Hazzan, Tami Lapidot, Noa Ragonis
    Pages 23-53
  5. Research in Computer Science Education 4

    • Orit Hazzan, Tami Lapidot, Noa Ragonis
    Pages 55-73
  6. Problem-Solving Strategies

    • Orit Hazzan, Tami Lapidot, Noa Ragonis
    Pages 75-93
  7. Learners’ Alternative Conceptions

    • Orit Hazzan, Tami Lapidot, Noa Ragonis
    Pages 95-104
  8. Teaching Methods in Computer Science Education

    • Orit Hazzan, Tami Lapidot, Noa Ragonis
    Pages 105-135
  9. Lab-Based Teaching

    • Orit Hazzan, Tami Lapidot, Noa Ragonis
    Pages 137-161
  10. Types of Questions in Computer Science Education

    • Orit Hazzan, Tami Lapidot, Noa Ragonis
    Pages 163-185
  11. Assessment

    • Orit Hazzan, Tami Lapidot, Noa Ragonis
    Pages 187-205
  12. Teaching Planning

    • Orit Hazzan, Tami Lapidot, Noa Ragonis
    Pages 207-219
  13. Integrated View at the MTCS Course Organization: The Case of Recursion

    • Orit Hazzan, Tami Lapidot, Noa Ragonis
    Pages 221-241
  14. Getting Experience in Computer Science Education

    • Orit Hazzan, Tami Lapidot, Noa Ragonis
    Pages 243-261
  15. Design of Methods of Teaching Computer Science Course

    • Orit Hazzan, Tami Lapidot, Noa Ragonis
    Pages 263-268
  16. High School Computer Science Teacher Preparation Programs

    • Orit Hazzan, Tami Lapidot, Noa Ragonis
    Pages 269-283
  17. Epilogue

    • Orit Hazzan, Tami Lapidot, Noa Ragonis
    Pages 285-285
  18. Back Matter

    Pages 287-296

About this book

Demonstrating that computer science learning and teaching processes can be fun, thought-provoking and stimulating, this unique textbook presents both a conceptual framework and detailed implementation guidelines for computer science (CS) teaching.

This highly-anticipated new edition has been updated with the latest teaching approaches and trends, and includes 110 learning activities (of which 15 are new). The content is clearly written and structured to be applicable to all levels of CS education and for any teaching organization, without limiting its focus to instruction of any specific institution, curriculum, programming language or paradigm.

Topics and features:

  • Provides 110 detailed learning activities to be facilitated in different class settings
  • Reviews curriculum and cross-curriculum topics in CS
  • Explores the benefits of CS education research
  • Describes strategies for cultivating problem-solving skills, for assessing learning processes, and for dealing with pupils’ misunderstandings
  • Proposes active-learning-based classroom teaching methods, including lab-based teaching
  • Discusses various types of questions that a CS instructor or trainer can use for a range of teaching situations in class, homework and tests
  • Investigates thoroughly issues of lesson planning and course design
  • Examines the first field teaching experiences gained by CS teachers across different training f
rameworks

This preeminent textbook for CS teacher training programs draws on the authors’ experience gained from three decades of teaching and training prospective and in-service CS teachers, as well as research in CS education. Concise, thorough and easy-to-follow, the book is also eminently suitable for use as a teaching guide for CS instructors at all levels.

Keywords

  • Computer Science Education
  • Pedagogy
  • Students’ Difficulties
  • Teacher Preparation
  • Teaching Strategies

Reviews

“This book represents a comprehensive collection of information that is suitable for all teachers and lecturers who deliver computer programming language courses. … This is an excellent book for computer science educators, with a wealth of information that should be used by all teaching practitioners. … I would recommend this book to all computer science educators and suggest it become mandatory reading for novice computer science teachers entering the classroom.” (S. M. Godwin, Computing Reviews, June, 2015)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dept. Education in Science & Technology, Technion––Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel

    Orit Hazzan

  • Dept. Education in Science & Technology, Technion--Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel

    Tami Lapidot

  • Computer Science Studies, Faculty of Education, Technion--Israel Institute of Technology, Doar Beit Berl, Israel

    Noa Ragonis

About the authors

Dr. Orit Hazzan is Professor and Head of the Department of Education in Science and Technology at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel. Dr. Hazzan’s other publications with Springer include Agile Anywhere – Essays on Agile Projects and Beyond (2014) and Agile Software Engineering (2008).

Dr. Tami Lapidot is Executive Manager of Machshava – the Israeli National Center for Computer Science Teachers, Haifa, Israel.

Dr. Noa Ragonis is Head of the Instructional Development Center and a computer science senior lecturer at Beit Berl College, and an adjacent senior lecturer at the Department of Education in Science and Technology, Technion. Dr. Ragonis’ publications include eight computer science high-school textbooks and teachers guides (in Hebrew).

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Guide to Teaching Computer Science

  • Book Subtitle: An Activity-Based Approach

  • Authors: Orit Hazzan, Tami Lapidot, Noa Ragonis

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4471-6630-6

  • Publisher: Springer London

  • eBook Packages: Computer Science, Computer Science (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer-Verlag London Limited 2014

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-1-4471-6904-8

  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-4471-6630-6

  • Edition Number: 2

  • Number of Pages: XXIV, 296

  • Number of Illustrations: 10 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Computers and Education, Teaching and Teacher Education, Science Education

Buying options

eBook USD 44.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-1-4471-6630-6
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)