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Can first–year students program yet?: a study revisited
Department of Computer Science and Engineering University of Connecticut Storrs, USA.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Industrial Development, IT and Land Management.
Department of Information Technology Uppsala University Uppsala.
Mathematics and Computer Science Department Rhode Island College Providence, USA.
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2013 (English)In: ICER´13: Proceedings of the ninth International Conference on International Computing Education Research / [ed] Beth Simon, Alison Clear, Quintin Cutts, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), 2013, 91-98 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
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Threshold concepts can be used to both organize disciplinaryknowledge and explain why students have diculties at cer-tain points in the curriculum. Threshold concepts transforma student's view of the discipline; before being learned, theycan block a student's progress.In this paper, we propose that in computing, skills, inaddition to concepts, can sometimes be thresholds. Somestudents report nding skills more dicult than concepts.We discuss some computing skills that may be thresholdsand compare threshold skills and threshold concepts.

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Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), 2013. 91-98 p.
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threshold concepts, threshold skills
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-20651DOI: 10.1145/2493394.2493412OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-20651DiVA: diva2:873766
ICER '13 International Computing Education Research Conference, August 12 - 14, 2013, La Jolla, CA, USA
Available from: 2015-11-24 Created: 2015-11-24 Last updated: 2016-01-13Bibliographically approved

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