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Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering
AN UNDERGRADUATE COMPUTER SCIENCE CURRICULUM FOR THE HEARING IMPAIRED
A. Louise Perkins
University of Southern Mississippi, Stennis Space Center, MS 39529
To compensate for some of the learning hurdles encountered by the hearing-impaired students at Gallaudet University, the computer science department curriculum committee developed an integrated curriculum that allowed the computer science department faculty to communicate educational goals more carefully and clearly amongst ourselves and to students. In this paper we present an example section from this computer science integrated curriculum that was originally based on the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) 1978 curriculum. This integrated curriculum has been designed to allow both instructors and students to move away from teaching and learning facts and move towards teaching and learning how to build a comprehensive knowledge base. As a tool, an integrated curriculum can also be used to evaluate teaching effectiveness. The integrated curriculum organized our departmental teaching efforts sufficiently to be able to present them as one cohesive unit to our students. With such a curriculum in place we can justify to anyone why we teach what we teach where we teach it. Importantly, we can justify it to ourselves.
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