ICER 2006

The Second International Computing Education Research Workshop

September 9-10, 2006

University of Kent, Canterbury, UK

ICER 2006 is now over. We hope that participants enjoyed it, and intend to attend future ICER events.

Photos and presentations are available.

Computing education, as a research discipline, is the study of how people come to understand computational processes and devices, and how to improve that understanding. As computation becomes ubiquitous in our world, understanding of computing in order to design, structure, maintain, and utilize these technologies becomes increasingly important - both for the technology professional, but also for the technologically literate citizen. The research study of how the understanding of computation develops, and how to improve that understanding, is critically important for the technology-dependent societies in which we live.

Learning: Computing education is naturally concerned with how students make sense of computational processes and devices in formal education, including primary, secondary, and post-secondary institutions. Computing education also goes beyond formal education. What do adults understand about computation, and how do they come to that understanding? What do children understand about computation given their limited conceptions of time, process, and agency, and how does that affect their later formal learning about computation?

Instruction: Learning may be enhanced or impeded by instruction. Educators bring instructional methods, formal or informal theories, and values to specific learning environments and situations. As researchers we explore the educators' role in the learning process?whether that educator is a teacher, near-peer, remote resource or the computer itself.

Computing Education Research employs methodologies from many fields, amongst them psychology, education, anthropology and statistics. As a consequence, research is frequently characterised by a diversity of methodological approaches; these may be applied directly, or may be combined and modified to suit the particular cross-disciplinary questions that we ask.

Associated events:

These events are free and you do not need to attend ICER to attend them. See individual web pages for registration details.

UK Events that may be of interest:

Date Conference Venue
29-31 August ICS HE Academy (British Computing Subject Centre) conference Dublin
30 Aug-1 Sept Threshold Concepts conference Glasgow
4-8 September ACM Symposium on Software Visualization (SOFTVIS)
IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing
9-10 September ICER 2006 Canterbury
11-15 September HCI 2006 (British HCI conference) London

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