Teaching Relational Database Concepts to Computer Literacy Students: The Spreadsheet Metaphor

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Provided by: EDSIG
Topic: Data Management
Format: PDF
A challenge facing computer literacy classes is the proper course content level. The challenge is to take the students to a higher level academically but without driving them away because they feel an \"Easy\" course has become \"Hard.\" Accepting this challenge, the authors have moved the database portion of the computer literacy class beyond keystrokes (rote learning) to data modeling using the spreadsheet as a metaphor for a relational database. Although not found in the current literature, this metaphor facilitates the understanding of the foundations of relational theory and enables computer literacy students to design normalized multi-entity databases within several class sessions.
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