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ERIC Number: EJ865939
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0304-3797
Variation Theory Applied to Students' Conceptions of Computer Programming
Thune, Michael; Eckerdal, Anna
European Journal of Engineering Education, v34 n4 p339-347 Aug 2009
The present work has its focus on university-level engineering education students that do not intend to major in computer science but still have to take a mandatory programming course. Phenomenography and variation theory are applied to empirical data from a study of students' conceptions of computer programming. A phenomenographic outcome space is presented, with five qualitatively different categories of description of students' ways of seeing computer programming. Moreover, dimensions of variation related to these categories are identified. Based on this discussion it is suggested how to use patterns of variation in order to support students' learning of computer programming. Finally, results from a pilot study demonstrate the successful application of two patterns of variation in a computer lab assignment. (Contains 2 notes and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Sweden