Providing a welcome environment to make mistakes

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The junior level data structures course in the Computer Systems Engineering Department at the University of Arkansas requires students to complete several programming assignments on linked lists, binary trees, graphs, hashing, queues, stacks and sorting. In order to help the students to become more motivated and to give themselves a chance to complete the program assignments, several techniques were used to help students complete the program assignments adequately. These techniques were designed to help the students overcome mistakes and view them as opportunities to improve rather than in the more negative light as 'ego deflaters'. Allowing the student to learn program design and giving them the opportunity to correct mistakes resulted in higher grades in the course.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-308
Number of pages2
JournalProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference
StatePublished - 1994
EventProceedings of the 1994 24th Annual Conference on Frontiers in Education - San Jose, CA, USA
Duration: Nov 2 1994Nov 6 1994


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