Guide to Teaching Computer Science

An Activity-Based Approach

by Orit Hazzan, Tami Lapidot,

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  • 9781447166306

Demonstrating that computer science learning and teaching processes can be fun, thought-provoking and stimulating, this unique textbook presents both a conceptual framework and detailed implementation guidelines for computer science (CS) teaching.

This highly-anticipated new edition has been updated with the latest teaching approaches and trends, and includes 110 learning activities (of which 15 are new). The content is clearly written and structured to be applicable to all levels of CS education and for any teaching organization, without limiting its focus to instruction of any specific institution, curriculum, programming language or paradigm.

Topics and features: provides 110 detailed learning activities to be facilitated in different class settings; reviews curriculum and cross-curriculum topics in CS; explores the benefits of CS education research; describes strategies for cultivating problem-solving skills, for assessing learning processes, and for dealing with pupils’ misunderstandings; proposes active-learning-based classroom teaching methods, including lab-based teaching; discusses various types of questions that a CS instructor or trainer can use for a range of teaching situations in class, homework and tests; investigates thoroughly issues of lesson planning and course design; examines the first field teaching experiences gained by CS teachers across different training frameworks.

This preeminent textbook for CS teacher training programs draws on the authors’ experience gained from three decades of teaching and training prospective and in-service CS teachers, as well as research in CS education. Concise, thorough and easy-to-follow, the book is also eminently suitable for use as a teaching guide for CS instructors at all levels.

  • Springer London; January 2015
  • ISBN 9781447166306
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF format
  • Title: Guide to Teaching Computer Science
  • Author: Orit Hazzan; Tami Lapidot; Noa Ragonis
  • Imprint: Springer
Subject categories
  • 9781447166290
  • 9781447166306

In The Press

“This book represents a comprehensive collection of information that is suitable for all teachers and lecturers who deliver computer programming language courses. … This is an excellent book for computer science educators, with a wealth of information that should be used by all teaching practitioners. … I would recommend this book to all computer science educators and suggest it become mandatory reading for novice computer science teachers entering the classroom.” (S. M. Godwin, Computing Reviews, June, 2015)

About The Author

Dr. Orit Hazzan is Professor and Head of the Department of Education in Science and Technology at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel. Dr. Hazzan’s other publications with Springer include Agile Anywhere – Essays on Agile Projects and Beyond (2014) and Agile Software Engineering (2008).

Dr. Tami Lapidot is Executive Manager of Machshava – the Israeli National Center for Computer Science Teachers, Haifa, Israel.

Dr. Noa Ragonis is Head of the Instructional Development Center and a computer science senior lecturer at Beit Berl College, and an adjacent senior lecturer at the Department of Education in Science and Technology, Technion. Dr. Ragonis’ publications include eight computer science high-school textbooks and teachers guides (in Hebrew).