Defining the Competence of Abstract Thinking and Evaluating CS-Students' Level of Abstraction
- Daniela Zehetmeier, Department of Informatics, Technical University of Munich, Munich, Germany
- Axel Böttcher, Faculty of Computer Science and Mathematics, Munich University of Applied Sciences, Munich, Germany
- Anne Brüggemann-Klein, Department of Informatics, Technische Universität München, Garching b. München, Germany
- Veronika Thurner, Faculty of Computer Science and Mathematics, Munich University of Applied Sciences, Munich, Germany
AbstractAlthough it is commonly agreed that the competence of abstraction and abstract thinking is one of the most important competences in Computer Science, only a few of these sources define this competence and its processes in a precise manner. Furthermore there is a lack of instruments to test the competence of abstract thinking and to integrate it into teaching. This work will start to close the gap concerning the competence of abstract thinking by deriving a theoretical description of the competence construct of abstract thinking, focusing on a Computer Science perspective. Furthermore, we will present a coding manual based on the model, which can be used to evaluate student assignments. This coding manual is applied to examples of our teaching practice in order to demonstrate its validity.
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