Which type of coursebook can best be used to support a CS courses?

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Abstract

This study is focused on understanding students’ level of satisfaction with the organization of coursebook and learning materials used in the computer science(CS) course. To compare students’ satisfaction level, a selection of CS coursebook currently in use was analyzed and two kinds of coursebook was selected for the study. For the purposes of this study, the constructivist-oriented coursebook are referred to as ‘activity centered’ texts, and the traditional coursebook referred to as ‘knowledge centered’ texts. After selecting the coursebook, a total of 220 7th graders received ICT education for an entire school year, and then their level of satisfaction with the coursebook was analyzed. According to the analysis, first, the level of satisfaction with the activity centered, which emphasizes activities in instruction & learning and contents, was higher. Second, faithfulness of evaluation had the greatest influence on the level of satisfaction with the CS learning contents in each unit. This study provides implications as to what kind of text organization can raise the interest of students for CS education and support teachers with their instruction methods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9167-9176
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Applied Engineering Research
Volume9
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan 1

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