What can computer science learn from a fine arts approach to teaching?
This paper compares two curricular information technology programs, one that graduates a much higher percentage of women than the other. Although the two programs center on IT, they are quite different in how they are structured and how students are assessed. This paper compares the programs on two dimensions, knowledge sharing and assessment techniques, then suggests ways that CS instruction might borrow from the other in order to increase retention of women in CS. These include â¢ allow students to hear each other articulate what they are learning; â¢ begin lectures by telling students about the practical application of what will later be described at the abstract level; and â¢ require that students display their solutions to the class and require that their classmates give them feedback. 1