Learning from other disciplines: pedagogic models within computer science and from elsewhere

  • Sally Fincher
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT)


This short paper deals with the similarities (for teaching) between computer science as a discipline and other disciplines: for example it is like maths in one way and like medicine in another, and like English in yet another. The paper addresses the question as to how — as teachers — we can (and should) use examples from the teaching of those disciplines to enhance our own.


Informatics other disciplines curriculum (general) 


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© IFIP 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sally Fincher
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  1. 1.Computing LaboratoryUniversity of Kent at CanterburyEngland

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