Teaching computer science in the Victorian certificate of education: A pilot study

Richard Cox, Steven Bird, Bernd Meyer

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Abstract

A new computer science curriculum has been developed for the Victorian Certificate of Education. It gives students direct entry into second year University computer science. The curriculum focuses on data structures and algorithms, with an emphasis on the graph abstract data type and graph algorithms. We taught a pilot course during 2014 involving students from seven schools, and administered an algorithmic thinking quiz on entry and exit, and also tested a first year university reference group. In this paper we present the curriculum and report on the evaluation. We discuss the effectiveness of our approach and make recommendations for improving future versions of the course. Pedagogical issues are discussed in relation to the cognitive education literature on the teaching of algorithmic thinking.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSIGCSE 2017 - Proceedings of the 2017 ACM SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages135-140
Number of pages6
Edition1
ISBN (Electronic)9781450346986
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Mar 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event48th ACM SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, SIGCSE 2017 - Seattle, United States
Duration: 8 Mar 201711 Mar 2017

Conference

Conference48th ACM SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, SIGCSE 2017
CountryUnited States
CitySeattle
Period8/03/1711/03/17

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