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ACM Transactions on Computing Education (TOCE), Volume 11 Issue 4, November 2011

Editorial: Computational Tools for Computing Education
Josh Tenenberg, Robert McCartney
Article No.: 21
DOI: 10.1145/2048931.2048932

The goal of this editorial is to both encourage authors to continue to submit articles describing computational tools for computing education to TOCE, and to make explicit our expectations as the editors of TOCE for what makes a good...

When Practice Doesn’t Make Perfect: Effects of Task Goals on Learning Computing Concepts
Craig S. Miller, Amber Settle
Article No.: 22
DOI: 10.1145/2048931.2048933

Specifying file references for hypertext links is an elementary competence that nevertheless draws upon core computational thinking concepts such as tree traversal and the distinction between relative and absolute references. In this article we...

Looking at Secondary Teacher Preparation Through the Lens of Computer Science
Michal Armoni
Article No.: 23
DOI: 10.1145/2048931.2048934

Teaching computer science (CS) in high schools, rather than just programming or even computer literacy, is important as a means of introducing students to the true nature of CS, and enhancing their problem-solving skills. Since teachers are the...

A Motivation Guided Holistic Rehabilitation of the First Programming Course
Uolevi Nikula, Orlena Gotel, Jussi Kasurinen
Article No.: 24
DOI: 10.1145/2048931.2048935

It has been estimated that more than two million students started computing studies in 1999 and 650,000 of them either dropped or failed their first programming course. For the individual student, dropping such a course can distract from the...