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A broader threshold: Including skills as well as concepts in computing education
Aberystwyth University, Great Britain.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Industrial Development, IT and Land Management.
Uppsala University.
University of Connecticut, USA.
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2014 (English)In: Threshold Concepts: From personal practice to communities of practice: Proceedings of the National Academy’s Sixth Annual Conference and the Fourth Biennial Threshold Concepts Conference / [ed] Catherine O´Mahony, Aril Buchanan,Mary O´Rourke, Bettie Higgs, Cork, Ireland: NAIRTL , 2014, 154-158 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

We propose ‘threshold skills’ as a complement to threshold concepts. The definition of threshold concepts assumes that theoretical knowledge is paramount: gaining the understanding of particular concepts irreversibly transforms the learners.

Mastering computing, like many disciplines, however, requires learning a combination of concepts and skills. Mathematicians learn to do proofs, musicians learn to play their instruments, and martial artists learn to make moves by doing these activities, not just intellectually understanding them. We propose some characteristics for threshold skills and outline implications for teaching and for future work.

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Cork, Ireland: NAIRTL , 2014. 154-158 p.
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Threshold concepts, threshold skills, professional education, practice
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-20652ISBN: 978 - 1 - 906642 - 5 9 - 4OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-20652DiVA: diva2:873768
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NAIRTL 2014, National Academy’s Sixth Annual Conference and the Fourth Biennial Threshold Concepts Conference, 27-29 June 2012, Dublin, Ireland
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Available from: 2015-11-24 Created: 2015-11-24 Last updated: 2016-01-21Bibliographically approved

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