Browsing by Author "Zander, Carol"

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  • Thomas, Lynda Ann; Boustedt, Jonas; Eckerdal, Anna; McCartney, Robert; Moström, Jan Erik; Sanders, Kate; Zander, Carol (2012)
    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 ...
  • Ratcliffe, Mark Bartley; Moström, Jan Erik; Eckerdal, Anna; McCartney, Robert; Zander, Carol (2006)
    This paper examines software designs produced by students nearing completion of their Computer Science degrees. The results of this multi-national, multi-institutional experiment present some interesting implications for ...
  • Loftus, Christopher; Thomas, Lynda Ann; Zander, Carol (2011)
    In this paper we revisit previous research to elaborate on the question: "Can graduating students design software systems?" The work concluded that the answer was "not really". We wished to determine if this was true ...
  • Eckerdal, Anna; Ratcliffe, Mark Bartley; McCartney, Robert; Moström, Jan Erik; Zander, Carol (2005)
    This paper examines the problem of studying and comparing student software designs. We propose semantic categorization as a way to organize widely varying data items. We describe how this was used to organize a particular ...
  • 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; 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Thomas, Lynda; Eckerdal, Anna; McCartney, R.; Mostrum, J.; Sanders, Kate; Zander, Carol (Association for Computing Machinery, 2014)
    We expand upon previous research that looked at the question: "Can graduating students design software systems?" Specifically we want to examine students' understanding of the phenomenon "produce a design." What does this ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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, ...
  • Thomas, Lynda; Boustedt, Jonas; Eckerdal, Anna; McCartney, Robert; Moström, Jan Erik; Sanders, Kate; Zander, Carol (2015)
    In previous work we proposed the idea of ‘threshold skills’ as a complement to threshold concepts. The definition of threshold concepts assumes that theoretical knowledge is paramount: gaining the understanding of particular ...