Technical Report 2010-021

Students' Conceptions of Computer Programming

Michael Thuné and Anna Eckerdal

September 2010

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 is applied to empirical data in the form of semi-structured interviews with students who had recently taken an introductory programming course. A phenomenographic outcome space is presented, with five qualitatively different categories of description of students  ways of seeing computer programming.

Note: The phenomenographic outcome space presented in this report has previously been published as part of a journal article (Thuné and Eckerdal 2009). Due to space limitations in the journal publication, we have found it appropriate to make available a more comprehensive description of the outcome space, in the present technical report.

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