Philosophy of Computer Science
Suggestions and Guidelines
for Peer-Group Editing
Position Paper #1
Last Update: 12 February 2007
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- When you get into your small groups, introduce yourselves quickly, and share
copies of your papers with each other.
- Choose one paper to discuss first. (Suggestion: Go in
alphabetical order by family name.)
The other people in the group might find it useful to imagine themselves
as members of a committee set up by the Provost to make a
recommendation. Their purpose is to try to help the author clarify his
or her beliefs and arguments, so that they will be able to make a
recommendation to the Provost on purely logical grounds (again: ignore
Start by asking the author to state (or read) his or her beliefs about
whether computer science is a science, giving his or her reasons
for those beliefs.
Any time you have a question, ask it. Here are some suggestions:
- Why did you say rather
- What did you mean when you said
- Can you give me an example of
- Can you give me more details about
- Do you think that
is always true?
- Why? (This is always a good question to ask.)
The author should not get defensive. The committee members are
friendly. Critical, but friendly.
Keep a written record of the questions and replies. This will be useful
to the author, for revision.
After spending about 10-15 minutes on the first paper, move on to
the next, going back to step (2) above, changing roles. Spend no
more than 15 minutes per paper (because you've only got about 45 minutes
at most). Perhaps one member of the group can be a timekeeper.
At home, over the next week, please revise your paper to take
into consideration the comments made by your fellow students
(a.k.a.(*) your "peers"):
Perhaps defend your claims better, or clarify statements
that were misunderstood, etc. For help,
see Albert or me.
1-2 PAGE (250-500 WORD) REVISION, 1 COPY, TYPED,
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19, IN RECITATION R1, AND
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, IN RECITATION R2.
NO LATE PAPERS WILL BE ACCEPTED!
(*) a.k.a. = also known as
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William J. Rapaport