Textbooks: under inspection

de Raadt, Michael and Watson, Richard and Toleman, Mark (2005) Textbooks: under inspection. Technical Report. University of Southern Queensland, Faculty of Sciences, Department of Maths and Computing , Toowoomba, Australia. [Report]


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Textbooks are an important resource in tertiary education, particularly in Introductory Programming. In many university courses they form the basis of curriculum. But how good are the texts being used? Can they be relied on for skills required for students' later study and employment? Do they earn the high price tag publishers place on them? The 2003 Introductory Programming Census of Australian and New Zealand universities' courses
revealed texts in use. This paper objectively compares these texts, differentiating them according to
content and features, ACM/IEEE curriculum compliance and problem solving approach. This review
found large variation in the texts reviewed. Many texts rely on examples to fill content. Few texts
attempt to comply with curricula recommendations. Few contain a continuous instruction in problem

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Item Type: Report (Technical Report)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: USQ publication.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Maths and Computing
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:16
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2014 23:12
Uncontrolled Keywords: introductory programming, textbooks
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/167

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