Work in progress - Students' misconceptions about state in digital systems

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Abstract

In introductory undergraduate courses on digital systems, students have difficulty understanding the state concept. We expect that students have subtle, persistent misconceptions about state because it is an abstract concept and has nuanced meanings in different disciplines as well as colloquial English. To learn how students conceive of state in digital logic, we interviewed undergraduates in computer engineering or computer science at the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign who had just completed a first course in digital logic. In the one-hour interviews, students talked about their thoughts as they solved digital logic problems. These interviews were then transcribed and analyzed using qualitative methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication39th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference
Subtitle of host publicationImagining and Engineering Future CSET Education, FIE 2009
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
Event39th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference: Imagining and Engineering Future CSET Education, FIE 2009 - San Antonio, TX, United States
Duration: Oct 18 2009Oct 21 2009

Publication series

NameProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
ISSN (Print)1539-4565

Other

Other39th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference: Imagining and Engineering Future CSET Education, FIE 2009
CountryUnited States
CitySan Antonio, TX
Period10/18/0910/21/09

Keywords

  • Digital logic
  • Learning models
  • State

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications

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