Threshold concepts and threshold skills in computing

Kate Sanders, Jonas Boustedt, Anna Eckerdal, Robert McCartney, Carol Zander, Jan Erik Mostrom, Lynda Ann Thomas, Carol Zander

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Abstract

Threshold concepts can be used to both organize disciplinary knowledge and explain why students have difficulties at certain points in the curriculum. Threshold concepts transform a student's view of the discipline; before being learned, they
can block a student's progress.

In this paper, we propose that in computing, skills, in addition to concepts, can sometimes be thresholds. Some students report finding skills more difficult than concepts. We discuss some computing skills that may be thresholds
and compare threshold skills and threshold concepts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages23-30
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventICER '12 Proceedings of the ninth annual international conference on International computing education research - Aukland, New Zealand
Duration: 12 Sept 2012 → …

Conference

ConferenceICER '12 Proceedings of the ninth annual international conference on International computing education research
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand
CityAukland
Period12 Sept 2012 → …

Keywords

  • threshold concepts
  • threshold skills

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