Practical Problem-Based Learning in Computing Education

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Title: Practical Problem-Based Learning in Computing Education
Authors: O'Grady, Michael J.
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/4342
Date: Jul-2012
Abstract: Computer Science (CS) is a relatively new disciple and how best to introduce it to new students remains an open question. Likewise, the identification of appropriate instructional strategies for the diverse topics that constitute the average curriculum remains open to debate. One approach considered by a number of practitioners in CS education involves Problem Based Learning (PBL), a radical departure from the conventional lecturing format. PBL has been adopted in other domains with success, but whether these positive experiences will be replicated in CS remains to be seen. In this paper, a systematic review of PBL initiatives in undergraduate and postgraduate CS is presented from a Computing Education Research (CER) perspective. This includes analyses of a range of practical didactic issues, including the degree to which PBL has been systematically evaluated, practical problem description in the literature, as well as a survey of topics for which a PBL approach has been adopted.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: ACM
Copyright (published version): 2012 ACM
Keywords: Problem-Based Learning (PBL);Computing Education Research (CER)
DOI: 10.1145/2275597.2275599
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Computer Science Research Collection

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