Catching the Bug: Pupils and Punched Cards in South Africa in the Late 1970s
This paper describes my memories as one of the pupils taking computer studies in South Africa in the late 1970s, when such programs were still uncommon. The differences between how the subject was approached back then and current approaches are not only due to technological developments; the 1970s curriculum reflects a fundamentally different approach.
KeywordsComputer studies high school/secondary school education
Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.
- 1.McCartney, S.: ENIAC: The Triumphs and Tragedies of the World’s First Computer. Walker & Co (1999)Google Scholar
- 2.Ceruzzi, P.E.: A history of modern computing. MIT (1998)Google Scholar
- 3.Backus, J.W., Beeber, R.J., Best, S., Goldberg, R., Haibt, L.M., Herrick, H.L., Nelson, R.A., Sayre, D., Sheridan, P.B., Stern, H., Ziller, I., Hughes, R.A., Nutt, R.: The Fortran automatic coding system. Papers presented at the Western Joint Computer Conference: Techniques for Reliability, IRE-AIEE-ACM 1957 (Western), February 26-28, pp. 188–198. ACM, New York (1957)Google Scholar
- 5.Brooks, F.P.: The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering. Addison Wesley (1975)Google Scholar
- 6.Dijkstra, E.: Go to statement considered harmful. Communications of the ACM 11(3) (1968) 147–148Google Scholar