Polytechnic University of Valencia Congress, Second International Conference on Higher Education Advances

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Teaching Abstraction
Axel Böttcher, Kathrin Schlierkamp, Veronika Thurner, Daniela Zehetmeier

Last modified: 06-06-2016


Many technical disciplines require abstraction skills, such as the ability to deduce general rules and principles from sets of examples. These skills are the basis for creating solutions that address a whole class of similar problems, rather than merely focusing a single specific instance. Experience shows that many freshmen students are ill equipped with these skills. Therefore, we developed an intervention that systematically teaches abstraction skills to students, and applied our approach to a cohort of freshmen students in computer science.


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