Exploring learner conceptions of programming

Errol Thompson*, Lynn Hunt, Professor Kinshuk

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Published conference outputConference publication


The objective of this paper is to argue for an approach to the scholarship of teaching based on conceptions of learning and task representation. A case study based on learning to implement a data structure using test-driven development is presented to illustrate the issues. Documented phenomenographic investigations into concepts of programming are referenced to lay a foundation for future research into improving learning and teaching of programming themes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology Series
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Event8th Australasian Computing Education Conference, ACE 2006 - Hobart, TAS, Australia
Duration: 16 Jan 200619 Jan 2006


Conference8th Australasian Computing Education Conference, ACE 2006
CityHobart, TAS


  • Conceptions of programming
  • Learning process
  • Task representation


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