[plt-scheme] Guzdial: "I heart HtDP"

From: John Clements (clements at brinckerhoff.org)
Date: Wed Mar 10 17:18:45 EST 2010

In a blog post reprinted in CACM, Mark Guzdial draws attention to a 2006 paper by Kirschner, Sweller, and Clark (Educational Psychology, not CS-specific), that suggests that project-based / constructivist teaching theories are junk.  Guzdial draws a broken conclusion (that we should not have students program), but the basic message of this research is that books like HtDP that work directly to provide students with the long-term memory structures that will help them categorize problems and solutions are much much better than the alternative.


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