What can practitioner perceptions tell us about our subject?

Errol Thompson

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Abstract

Part of the challenge of fostering learning is to open up learner minds to new possibilities or ways of thinking but is what we are encouraging learners to think really that different from the current practitioner conceptions? Having been uncomfortable with the focus of textbooks for the teaching of the core concept, the nature of a program, in the teaching of object-­oriented programming, we sought to discover how practitioner’s conceived the concept. Our findings provide a framework for understanding the different ways of conceiving the concept and the features that distinguish these conceptions. How could these conceptions and their critical features influence the focus in teaching especially in relation to computational thinking?
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - Aug 2015
Event16th biennial conference of the European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction - Cyprus University of Technology (CUT), Limassol, Cyprus
Duration: 25 Aug 201529 Aug 2015

Conference

Conference16th biennial conference of the European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction
Abbreviated titleEARLI 2015
CountryCyprus
CityLimassol
Period25/08/1529/08/15

Keywords

  • practitioner
  • perceptions
  • object-oriented programming

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