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Liminal Spaces and Learning Computing
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University of Gävle, Department of Mathematics, Natural and Computer Sciences, Ämnesavdelningen för datavetenskap. (Sweden Group)
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2009 (English)In: European Journal of Engineering Education, ISSN 0304-3797, E-ISSN 1469-5898, Vol. 34, no 4, p. 383-391Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

“Threshold concepts” are concepts that, among other things, transform the way a student looks at a discipline. Although the term “threshold” might suggest that the transformation occurs at a specific point in time, an “aha” moment, it seems more common (at least in computing) that a longer time period is required. This time period is referred to as the “liminal space.”

In this paper, we summarise our findings concerning how computing students experience the liminal space and discuss how this might affect teaching. Most of our findings so far relate to software engineering. As similar liminal spaces likely occur in other engineering disciplines, these findings have relevance across engineering education.

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Abingdon: Taylor & Francis , 2009. Vol. 34, no 4, p. 383-391
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threshold concepts
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Computer Sciences Didactics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-3959DOI: 10.1080/03043790902989580OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-3959DiVA, id: diva2:208507
Available from: 2009-03-18 Created: 2009-03-18 Last updated: 2018-03-13Bibliographically approved

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