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Algorithms and Logic as Programming Primers

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputer Supported Education
Subtitle of host publication10th International Conference, CSEDU 2018, Revised Selected Papers
PublisherSpringer Nature
Pages357-383
ISBN (Print)9783030211509
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019
Publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book
EventInternational Conference on Computer Supported Education - Funchal, Portugal
Duration: 15 Mar 201817 Mar 2018

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
Volume1022
ISSN (Print)1865-0929

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Computer Supported Education
CountryPortugal
CityFunchal
Period15/03/1817/03/18

Abstract

To adapt all-immersive digitalization, the Finnish National Curriculum 2014 (FNC-2014) ‘digi-jumps’ by integrating programming into elementary education. However, applying the change to mathematics teachers’ everyday praxis is hindered by a too high-level specification. To elaborate FNC-2014 into more concrete learning targets, we review the computer science syllabi of countries that are well ahead, as well as the education recommendations set by computer science organizations, such as ACM and IEEE. The whole mathematics syllabus should be critically viewed in the light of these recommendations and feedback collected from software professionals and educators. The feedback reveals an imbalance between supply and demand, i.e., what is over-taught versus under-taught, from the point of the requirements of current working life. The surveyed software engineers criticize the unnecessary surplus of calculus and differential equations, i.e., continuous mathematics. In contrast, the emphasis should shift more towards algorithms and data structures, flexibility in handling multiple data representations, and logic: in short – discrete mathematics. The ground for discrete mathematics should be prepared early enough, started already from primary level and continued consistently throughout the secondary till tertiary education. This paper aims to contribute to the further refinement of the mathematics syllabus by proposing such a discrete mathematics subset that especially supports the needs of computer science education, the focus being on algorithms and data structures, and logic in particular.

Keywords

  • Computational thinking, algorithms, logic

Publication forum classification

Field of science, Statistics Finland