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Active and Cooperative Learning Techniques for the Computer Science Classroom

Summary: Active and Cooperative Learning Techniques
for the Computer Science Classroom
Laurie Murphy (Moderator) Kenneth Blaha Tammy VanDeGrift
Pacific Lutheran University Pacific Lutheran University University of Washington
Tacoma, Washington Tacoma, Washington Seattle, Washington
murphylc@plu.edu blahakd@plu.edu tammy@cs.washington.edu
Seven Wolfman Carol Zander
University of Washington University of Washington, Bothell
Seattle, Washington Bothell, Washington
wolf@cs.washington.edu zander@u.washington.edu
Laurie Murphy: Introduction
There is a wealth of education research confirming the benefits of active and cooperative
learning in higher education; benefits which include a deeper understanding of the
material, higher academic achievement, increased student persistence and retention,
positive peer relationships and higher self esteem [Felder and Brent, 1994]. Incorporating
active and cooperative learning into the computer science classroom can be challenging
but well worth the effort, particularly because it addresses issues that are unique to
computer science education; it provides a mechanism for coping with the ever-increasing
complexity and change inherent in our discipline, it can serve as a tool for dealing with
the wide range of backgrounds and abilities exhibited by our students, and it can facilitate


Source: Anderson, Richard - Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington at Seattle


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences