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Threshold concepts and threshold skills in computing
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University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Industrial Development, IT and Land Management. (Sweden Group)
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2012 (English)In: Proceedings of the ninth annual international conference on International computing education research, New York, NY, USA: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), 2012, 23-30 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Threshold concepts can be used to both organize disciplinary knowledge and explain why students have difficulties at certain points in the curriculum. Threshold concepts transform a student's view of the discipline; before being learned, they can block a student's progress.

In this paper, we propose that in computing, skills, in addition to concepts, can sometimes be thresholds. Some students report finding skills more difficult than concepts. We discuss some computing skills that may be thresholds and compare threshold skills and threshold concepts.

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New York, NY, USA: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), 2012. 23-30 p.
Keyword [en]
threshold concepts, threshold skills
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Computer Science Didactics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-13491DOI: 10.1145/2361276.2361283Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84867349823ISBN: 978-1-4503-1604-0 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-13491DiVA: diva2:573766
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ICER'12 Auckland, September 10-12, 2012, Auckland, New Zealand.
Available from: 2012-12-03 Created: 2012-12-03 Last updated: 2012-12-03Bibliographically approved

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