SpringerBriefs in Computer Science

Explaining Algorithms Using Metaphors

Authors: Forišek, Michal, Steinová, Monika

  • 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
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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.

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“This booklet is divided into four chapters, making it easy to follow the basic semiotics of the symbols used in the algorithms. … The book concludes with an appendix containing the solutions to the exercises in the chapters. … Anyone interested in teaching algorithms should read this valuable booklet. It includes appropriate text structure, easy-to-follow examples, discussions, and proposals, and could be of use to computer programming teachers and computer programmers looking to improve their programming skills.” (F. J. Ruzic, Computing Reviews, August, 2013)

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eBook $29.99
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Explaining Algorithms Using Metaphors
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Computer Science
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag London
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-4471-5019-0
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4471-5019-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4471-5018-3
Series ISSN
2191-5768
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 94
Number of Illustrations and Tables
59 b/w illustrations
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