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Real-World Experimentation Comparing Time-Sharing and Batch Processing in Teaching Computer Science,
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF
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This paper is an abbreviated version of a portion of a book-length study. The Air Force Academy conducted a large-scale experiment to test the effectiveness of time-sharing and batch processing in teaching computer science. The experimental design was centered on direct, real world comparison of student effectiveness with time-sharing and batch processing systems using the same computer the Burroughs B-5500 and the same programing language ALGOL. The experimental sample involved all introductory computer science courses with a total population of 415 cadets. The results generally indicated a mixed pattern of advantages and disadvantages for both modes, with no generalized clearcut superiority emerging for either one.
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