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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Geoffrey Herman receiving the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education award for top paper of the last 50 years.

Research by scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of California at San Diego, and Northern Iowa University was named the top paper of the past 50 years by the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education.

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The ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) cited research by scientists from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), the University of California, San Diego, and Northern Iowa University as the top paper of the past 50 years at its Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education.

The work arose from a project to develop a research assessment tool for determining the teaching methods that provide the best education for computer science students.

UIUC's Geoffrey Herman said, "The focus (of this paper) was to document and understand and describe why students struggle to learn computing programming."

Focal points included students' mistaken assumption that computers will perform any kind of interpretations on inputted code, as well as their difficulty in understanding computer memory.

Herman suggested the paper received the award “because it's one of those early papers which said, 'hey, here is some theory, here is some science to help us make better decisions and inform our future efforts’."

From The Daily Illini
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