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Studying Programming

Palgrave Study Skills

By (author) Sally Fincher
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Palgrave USA, Gordonsville, United States
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Published: 14th Feb 2006
Dimensions: w 140mm h 216mm d 15mm
Weight: 328g
ISBN-10: 1403946876
ISBN-13: 9781403946874
Barcode No: 9781403946874
Synopsis
We've written this book to support students in studying programming. It is not a text to teach any particular programming language, but to be used alongside such a book, or in conjunction with a taught course. In Studying Programming we concentrate on what other books consider too 'obvious' or too 'basic'. We explain the ideas that others assume you know, we describe the things that can make learning to program a frustrating experience if you don't know them. We stay with you through the process from starting with your very first blank screen to working on complex problems within a team. Studying Programming has been written by nine members of the Computing Education Research Group at the University of Kent. All of us are practicing computing academics who also have a research interest in CS education. So we have a strong classroom background - teaching students on a daily basis - and a strong research background, knowing what has been investigated (and written on) with regard to students' knowledge, conception and difficulties in introductory programming.

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This book is a significant achievement, meeting a desperate need for the kind of material that rarely finds its way into conventional, language-specific books on learning to program. It should be required reading for all students embarking on a course of study that involves some programming. - Nick Efford, University of Leeds, UK