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Students' learning process in the computer laboratory
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology, Division Vi3. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology, Computational Science. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology, Division of Scientific Computing. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology, Computing Education Research. (UpCERG)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6588-1246
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology, Division Vi3. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology, Division of Computer Systems. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology, Computer Systems. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology, Computing Education Research. (UpCERG)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3891-3185
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology, Computational Science. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology, Division of Scientific Computing. (UpCERG)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4709-146X
2022 (English)In: 2022 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2022Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this full research-to-practice paper we study novice programming students learning process in the computer laboratory. Working with laboratory assignments is an important component when students learn to program. Here the assignments are intended to help students consolidate theoretical understanding and simultaneously train practice. However, it has been observed that the learning outcome of such laboratory sessions often is unsatisfactory. In this article we ask the question "How do novice students go about learning in the computer laboratory?" We analyse empirical data on novice students working in pairs in the laboratory, which is common in a first programming course. The data consists of video films of students where they discuss and solve programming problems, screen captures of what the students typed during the same laboratory session, and stimulated recall interviews with the students after the laboratory session. In the analysis we use an approach inspired by phenomenography and variation theory. We specifically focus on typical stages in the learning process when students learn in the programming laboratory. In doing so we have identified successful and less successful learning paths, where variation can play different roles. The stages identified in students’ learning process are I. Students first need to become aware of a lack of clarity. In the data we have identified different ways in which this necessary awareness was trigged; II. If, and in that case how, they resolve the lack of clarity. In all the stages we found successful and less successful ways in which students’ handle the situations. We illustrate the stages and discuss how and why variation may play different roles in the different stages of students’ learning, specifically focusing of the unsuccessful learning paths. Lastly, we discuss what these findings can tell us about how programming labs could be designed to promote learning in terms of helping students to avoid the unsuccessful paths identified.

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Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2022.
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IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, ISSN 1539-4565, E-ISSN 2377-634X
Keywords [en]
Programming, Laboratory, Learning process, Novices, Phenomenography, Variation Theory
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Computer Sciences Didactics
Research subject
Computing Education Research
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-490366DOI: 10.1109/fie56618.2022.9962716ISBN: 978-1-6654-6244-0 (electronic)ISBN: 978-1-6654-6245-7 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-490366DiVA, id: diva2:1717709
Conference
2022 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE), 8-11 October, Uppsala, Sweden
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2011-5924Available from: 2022-12-09 Created: 2022-12-09 Last updated: 2023-08-31Bibliographically approved

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