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TitleThe Problem Distiller Tool: supporting teachers in uncovering why their students have problems understanding Threshold Concepts
Author(s)Cruz, Sara Maria Alves
Lencastre, José Alberto
Coutinho, Clara Pereira
Clough, Gill
Adams, Anne
KeywordsThreshold concepts
Tricky topics
Technology-enhanced learning
Deeper understanding
Issue date2017
JournalCommunications in Computer and Information Science
Abstract(s)This study explored the use of a web-based tool entitled ‘Problem Distiller’ designed to support teachers in uncovering why their students have problems understanding Threshold Concepts. Data collected involved interviews with two math teachers, invited to experiment the Problem Distiller tool and Think Aloud protocol. Content analysis was used to process and analyse the collected data.. Findings show that teachers found it helpful when the information they entered through the Problem Distiller was fed back as they constructed an online diagnostic quiz. Focusing on the teachers’ understanding of why the students have problems is an effective way of tackling the barriers posed by Threshold Concepts and can be integrated with existing strategies and teaching approaches.
TypeConference paper
DescriptionIn press
AccessRestricted access (UMinho)
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CIEC - Livros e Capítulos de Livros

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