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Issue No.03 - July-September (2008 vol.30)
pp: 44-54
Roland T. Mittermeir , Institut für Informatik-Systeme, Universität Klagenfurt
ABSTRACT
Students need to overcome their reluctance in understanding how, and why, informatics has evolved as it has. Toward that end, the author developed a course
INDEX TERMS
teaching history of computer science, informatics didactics, exploratory seminar
CITATION
Roland T. Mittermeir, "A Seminar Looking for Traces of History", IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol.30, no. 3, pp. 44-54, July-September 2008, doi:10.1109/MAHC.2008.34
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4. This is not a distinctive characteristic of the author's students. As noted by Tom Haigh, "computing students are disinclined to accept that study of particular examples now remote in time and space will teach them much of value"; T. Haigh, "The History of Computing: An Introduction for the Computer Scientist," Using History to Teach Computer Science and Related Disciplines, A. Akera, and W. Aspray eds. Computing Research Assoc., 2004, pp. 5-26.
5. R.T. Mittermeir, "The Challenge of Teaching Foundational Ideas in a Modern Informatics Curriculum," Proc. MEDICHI 2007—, Methodic and Didactic Challenges of the History of Informatics, L. Böszörményi ed. OCG-Verlag, 2007, pp. 143-150.
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9. R.T. Mittermeir, "Design Aspects Supporting Software Reuse," Chapter 11 in Software Reuse, E.M. Dusink, and P.A.V. Hall eds. Springer Verlag, 1991, pp. 115-119.
10. L. Böszörményi, "Teaching: People to People—, About People: A Plea for the Historic and Human View," From Computer Literacy to Informatics Fundamentals, Proc. Int'l Conference on Informatics in Secondary Schools –Evolution and Perspectives (ISSEP 2005), R.T. Mittermeir ed. LNCS 3422, Springer Verlag, 2005, pp. 93-103.
11. J.A.N. Lee, "History in the Computer Science Curriculum," , Using History to Teach Computer Science and Related Disciplines, A. Akera, and W. Aspray eds. Computing Research Assoc., 2004, pp. 33-38.
12. Starting with the fall semester in 2006, we entered a cooperative arrangement with the SchreibCenter, a service institution of AAU Klagenfurt, helping students to present their scientific work in proper linguistic form. As this support proved very useful, students of the TRACES seminar also had the chance to contact someone from the SchreibCenter as an additional reviewer. Although the reviews mentioned here are blind reviews, the SchreibCenter review is, due to its specific role, an open one.
13. R.T. Mittermeir ed. TRACES—Themes still Relevant At Current Software Engineering Studies, Institut für Informatik-Systeme, AAU Klagenfurt, July 2007; http://www.uni-klu.ac.at/tewi/downloadsBakkseminarSS07-Traces.pdf .
14. M.S. Mahoney,, "What Makes the History of Software Hard and Why It Matters," Proc. MEDICHI 2007—Methodic and Didactic Challenges of the History of Informatics, L. Böszörményi ed. OCG-Verlag, 2007, pp. 15-26.
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