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Explaining Algorithms Using Metaphors

Forišek, Michal, Steinová, Monika

2013, X, 94 p. 59 illus.

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  • Reviews the state of the art in teaching algorithms and classic metaphors in computer science
  • Introduces new, inventive ways of teaching algorithms
  • Presents the results within the broader context of computer science education and popularization

There is a significant difference between designing a new algorithm, proving its correctness, and teaching it to an audience. When teaching algorithms, the teacher's main goal should be to convey the underlying ideas and to help the students form correct mental models related to the algorithm. This process can often be facilitated by using suitable metaphors. This work provides a set of novel metaphors identified and developed as suitable tools for teaching many of the "classic textbook" algorithms taught in undergraduate courses worldwide. Each chapter provides exercises and didactic notes for teachers based on the authors’ experiences when using the metaphor in a classroom setting.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Algorithms - Analogies - Mental Models - Metaphors - Physics Analogies - Teaching Algorithms

Related subjects » General Issues - Science Education

Table of contents 

Introduction

Graph Algorithms

Computational Geometry

Strings and Sequences

Solutions to Exercises

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