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Promoting Meaningful Learning in Computer Science Courses by Leveraging Concreteness Fading

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Grant recipients:

Edith Law and Sangho Suh, David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science 

(Project timeline: January 2019-December 2020)

Project Team: 

Edith Law, Sangho Suh

Description

Our project will investigate innovative approaches to enhancing teaching and learning in computer science courses by examining how to use concreteness fading--an instructional technique that has been proven to be effective in math and science education--to improve the teaching and learning in computer science (CS) courses.  Concreteness fading has the potential to foster deep learning by helping learners make connections between what they are learning and what they already know.  Our project will seek to realize the potential of this technique in real-world classroom settings through the design and evaluation of new tools that implement concreteness fading in computer science contexts.  We anticipate that this will provide benefits to both students who are struggling to make sense of abstract computer science concepts, as well as instructors who are struggling to make abstract concepts relatable to students.

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