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A logical and structural thinking development tool (LST) to enhance fundamental problem-solving skills of learners of information technology

Annelie Jordaan, Dawid Jordaan
The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa | Vol 1, No 1 | a303 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/td.v1i1.303 | © 2005 Annelie Jordaan, Dawid Jordaan | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 March 2016 | Published: 17 May 2005

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Annelie Jordaan, Faculty of Applied and Computer Sciences, Vaal University of Technology, South Africa
Dawid Jordaan, School of Modelling Sciences, North-West University, South Africa

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Abstract

The role of information technology in modern education has increased significantly over the past two decades [14]. The opportunity to develop an interactive software system with the aim of enhancing fundamental problem-solving skills of learners enrolled for the Computer Science, Information Technology and Mathematics programs at tertiary institutions is possible with object-oriented programming techniques and multi-dimensional graphic design. The definition of fundamental problem-solving skills includes cognitive functional skills such as logical thinking, conceptualism with prior knowledge, relationship forming and objective analysis. Experiments done for this research indicate that given the right educational tools, cognitive functional skills of learners can be stimulated, developed and enhanced. This, in turn, may lead to an increase in the graduation rates of learners enrolled for the Computer Science, Information Technology and Mathematics program and ultimately contribute to the reshaping of the educational experience.

Keywords

Education; interactive learning; problem solving; object-oriented techniques

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