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Computer Science Education and Story

Teaching and Learning Computer Science With Story

Stories have been the vehicle of human knowledge for many generations, and some CS educators have been turning to them to help improve their pedagogy. We wanted to learn more about the experience of using story to teach introductory computer science topics, so we conducted a qualitative observational study with middle school girls. We taught two CS Unplugged activities – Image Representation and Finite State Automata – with a story and a non-story condition.We found that while story was engaging and resulted in better understanding than an abstract activity, it did not necessarily have any advantages beyond having a light context. Our insights into the student and instructor experience will help guide future study on story.

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