[plt-scheme] Re: [plt-edu] Should computer programming be mandatory

From: Stephen Bloch (sbloch at adelphi.edu)
Date: Wed Oct 15 12:15:25 EDT 2008

On Oct 15, 2008, at 10:47 AM, Richard Cleis wrote:

> Is performance in subsequent programming courses the only issue?   
> What if programming courses are mandatory because they can be used  
> to generally teach how to solve problems whether or not a student  
> is 'technical' at all, let alone a mathematician or a computer  
> scientist?  In that light, comparing the effectiveness of teaching  
> methods would require the evaluation of success in all courses.

Absolutely, but that's even more difficult, and will have even more  
"noise" in the signal, than evaluating performance in subsequent  
programming courses.

Stephen Bloch
sbloch at adelphi.edu

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