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  • Ratcliffe, Mark; Thomas, Lynda (2004)
    This paper describes a project that aims to enhance student learning of Object Oriented Programming through the development of an interactive learning environment. Through a series of connected experiments we have sought ...
  • Thomasson, Benjy; Ellis, Wayne; Thomas, Lynda; Ratcliffe, Mark (2003)
    This paper describes a project being undertaken at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth that captures students’ designs in an attempt to improve the pedagogy. To enhance their understanding of object oriented programming, ...
  • Thomas, Lynda; Sanders, K. (2007-06)
    In this paper, we begin by considering object-oriented programming concepts and typical novice misconceptions as identified in the literature. We then present the results of a close examination of student programs, in an ...
  • Thomas, Lynda; Robertson, Ann; Ratcliffe, Mark (2003-01)
    This paper reports on how first-year students who have programmed before see their programming interest and ability and how this self-perception relates to their performance in the introductory programming course. In ...
  • Thomas, Lynda; McCartney, Robert; Mostrom, Jan Eric; Boustedt, Jonas; Eckerdal, Anna; Zander, Carol; Sanders, Kate (2009-07)
    We examine the transformations experienced by students during their study of computing. These transformations led to changes in the students' perceptions of computer science, in their sense of identity as computer scientists, ...
  • Thomas, Lynda; Mostrom, Jan Erik; Sanders, Kate; Zander, Carol; Eckerdal, Anna; McCartney, Robert (2011-07-15)
    In this paper we present background and early results from an investigation of how computing students learn computer science topics through informal means, that is, outside of organized classes. We provide some overall ...
  • Boustedt, Jonas; Zander, Carol; Mostrom, Jan Eric; McCartney, Robert; Sanders, Kate; Thomas, Lynda; Eckerdal, Anna (2008-09-07)
    This paper examines transformational learning experiences of computing students as a way to better understand threshold concepts in computing. From empirical evidence we found that students often describe transformative ...
  • Thomas, Lynda; Murphy, L. (2008-06)
    Psychology studies have shown that students' beliefs about their own intelligence--whether they view intelligence as fixed or malleable-have an important influence on student development and achievement. Yet the impact of ...
  • McCauley, Renee; Fitzgerald, Sue; Lewandowski, Gary; Murphy, Laurie; Simon, Beth; Thomas, Lynda; Zander, Carol (2008-06-01)
    This paper reviews the literature related to the learning and teaching of debugging computer programs. Debugging is an important skill that continues to be both difficult for novice programmers to learn and challenging for ...
  • Fitzgerald, Sue; Lewandowski, Gary; McCauley, Renee; Murphy, Laurie; Simon, Beth; Thomas, Lynda; Zander, Carol (2008-06-01)
    Debugging is often difficult and frustrating for novices. Yet because students typically debug outside the classroom and often in isolation, instructors rarely have the opportunity to closely observe students while they ...
  • Zander, Carol; Simon, Beth; Lewandowski, Gary; Murphy, Laurie; Thomas, Lynda; McCauley, Renee (2008-02)
    A qualitative analysis of debugging strategies of novice Java programmers is presented. The study involved 21 CS2 students from seven universities in the U.S. and U.K. Subjects 'warmed up' by coding a solution to a typical ...
  • Börstler, Jurgen; Hall, Mark; Nordström, Marie; Paterson, James; Sanders, Kate; Schulte, Carsten; Thomas, Lynda (2009-12-01)
    Research shows that examples play an important role for cognitive skill acquisition. Students as well as teachers rank examples as important resources for learning to program. Therefore examples must be consistent with the ...
  • McCartney, R.; Zander, C.; Sanders, K.; Thomas, Lynda; Mostrum, J.; Eckerdal, Anna (2007-09)
    This paper is part of an ongoing series of projects in which we are investigating 'threshold concepts': concepts that, among other things, transforms the way a student looks as the discipline and are often troublesome to ...
  • Eckerdal, Anna; Zander, Carol; Thomas, Lynda (2011-07-15)
    Transformational biographies are used to shed light on situations when students have experienced 'surprise.' These biographies are examined in light of a philosophical position that surprise is useful in engendering learning, ...
  • Thomasson, Benjy; Thomas, Lynda; Ratcliffe, Mark (2006)
    We report on a study of novice programmers’ object oriented class designs. These designs were analysed to discover what faults could be discovered. The two most common faults related to non-referenced classes (inability ...
  • Thomas, Lynda; Woodbury, John; Jarman, E.; Ratcliffe, Mark (2002-03)
    This paper reports on the implication of different preferred learning styles on students' performance in the introductory programming sequence and on work in progress on how to accommodate these different styles.Students ...
  • Hanks, Brian; Zander, Carol; Thomas, Lynda; Simon, Beth; Fitzgerald, Sue; Murphy, Laurie; McCauley, Renee (2009-07)
    We present what students say about their preferred learning style to succeed in introductory programming. Using the Felder-Silverman learning styles, students contrasted the 'best' learning style for programming with the ...
  • McCartney, Robert; Boustedt, Jonas; Eckerdal, Anna; Moström, Jan Erik; Sanders, Kate; Thomas, Lynda; Zander, Carol (2009)
    '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' ...
  • Hanks, Brian; Fitzgerald, Sue; Murphy, Laurie; Thomas, Lynda; McCauley, Renee; Zander, Carol; Simon, Beth (2008)
    Jane sees 50 compiler errors as a challenge. John sees them as defeat. Psychology research suggests these contrasting reactions may stem from students' self-theories, or their beliefs about themselves. Jane's reaction is ...
  • Thomas, Lynda; Thomasson, Benjy; Ratcliffe, Mark (2004)
    This paper describes a project being undertaken at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth that aims to enhance the pedagogical process through the use of collaborative design. It describes a survey that highlights dissatisfaction ...

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