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The teaching of linear programming in different disciplines and in different countries

By Anesa Hosein, James Aczel and Doug Clow

Abstract

This paper discusses an online survey of linear programming (LP) lecturers in four countries in various disciplines. The study uses Biglan’s [1, 2] classification of disciplines to show that courses in hard-pure and hard-applied subjects were more likely to teach theoretical aspects of linear programming whilst the hard-applied and soft-applied subjects looked more at the application. Further, the soft-applied disciplines were more likely to utilize software during the teaching of the topic. Also, US lecturers were more likely to teach theoretical aspects of LP whilst the UK lecturers were more likely to use common software such as spreadsheets rather than dedicated LP or maths software

Year: 2006
OAI identifier: oai:oro.open.ac.uk:7174
Provided by: Open Research Online

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