What Can Computer Science Learn from a Fine Arts Approach to Teaching?

I don’t teach computer science and I don’t teach fine arts – but I found this short study very interesting – and completely applicable to physics (and most other subjects too, I think). The study looks at two apparently similar programs, one in computer science and another in information technology. One is firmly rooted in 20th century learning while the other is embracing new ideas. The study shows that it’s going to take a new paradigm to tackle challenging educational problems (in this case: the gender gap in computer science). The specific & practical recommendations made were intended for computer science teachers, but could easily be extended to most any discipline.

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About integratedintention

I teach Honors Physics and AP Physics at Heritage Hall!

Posted on 19 February 2012, in Collaboration Fluency, Research & Stats, Solution Fluency, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Karen LIttlefield

    I think it interesting that so much emphasize was placed on male vs female in this study. I wonder, given no information regarding gender if the changes would just as effective on the learner who grows up thinking they “can’t” or they are “slow”. The gender argument has been around for years and apparently still holds a place in the research market. The focus in my mind should not be gender but rather what changes were made in one grouping that radiated success.

  2. integratedintention

    What do you mean by the gender argument? According to Wikipedia only 12% of computer scientists/computer professionals are female. To my knowledge, nobody is saying women are any less capable – so the question seems to be why are women are so underrepresented? And how do we fix it?

    Computer science seems to stand out as a field where the ratio of male/female degrees is not rapidly approaching equity. This is in stark contrast to areas like medicine (in 2008: 48% of students starting med school were female), law, and physics.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_in_computing
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_in_medicine

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