Turning bugs into learning opportunities: understanding debugging processes, perspectives, and pedagogies

Yasmin Kafai, Gautam Biswas, Nicole Hutchins, Caitlin Snyder, Karen Brennan, Paulina Haduong, Kayla DesPortes, David DeLiema, Oia Walker-Van Aalst, Virginia Flood, Morgan Fong, Deborah Fields, Melissa Gresalfi, Corey Brady, Madison Knowe, Selena Steinberg, Diana Franklin, Donna Eatinger, Merijke Coenraad, Jen PalmerDavid Weintrop, Michelle Wilkerson, Collette Roberto, Nicole Bulalacao, Joshua Danish

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Abstract

The design of most learning environments focuses on supporting students in making, constructing, and putting together projects on and off the screen, with much less attention paid to the many issues—problems, bugs, or traps—that students invariably encounter along the way. In this symposium, we present different theoretical and disciplinary perspectives on understanding how learners engage in debugging applications on and off screen, examine learners’ mindsets about debugging from middle school to college students and teachers, and present pedagogical approaches that promote strategies for debugging problems, even having learners themselves design problems for others. We contend that learning to identify and fix problems—debug, troubleshoot, or get unstuck—in completing projects provides a productive space in which to explore multiple theoretical perspectives that can contribute to our understanding of learning and teaching critical strategies for dealing with challenges in learning activities and environments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences
Subtitle of host publicationThe Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2020 - Conference Proceedings
EditorsMelissa Gresalfi, Ilana Seidel Horn
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Pages374-381
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781732467255
StatePublished - 2020
Event14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: The Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2020 - Nashville, United States
Duration: Jun 19 2020Jun 23 2020

Publication series

NameComputer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference, CSCL
Volume1
ISSN (Print)1573-4552

Conference

Conference14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: The Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2020
CountryUnited States
CityNashville
Period6/19/206/23/20

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Education

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