Insights into students' conceptual understanding of operating systems: a four-year case study in online education

Pamplona Roche, Sonia and Seoane, Isaac and Bravo-Agapito, Javier and Medinilla Martínez, Nelson (2017). Insights into students' conceptual understanding of operating systems: a four-year case study in online education. "IEEE Communications Magazine", v. 55 (n. 11); pp. 170-177. ISSN 0163-6804. https://doi.org/10.1109/MCOM.2017.1700362.

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Title: Insights into students' conceptual understanding of operating systems: a four-year case study in online education
Author/s:
  • Pamplona Roche, Sonia
  • Seoane, Isaac
  • Bravo-Agapito, Javier
  • Medinilla Martínez, Nelson
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: IEEE Communications Magazine
Date: November 2017
Volume: 55
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: Online courses; Education courses; Curriculum Development; Engineering Education; Operating Systems; Misconceptions; Conceptual understanding; Qualitative Methodology; Concept inventory
Faculty: E.T.S. de Ingenieros Informáticos (UPM)
Department: Lenguajes y Sistemas Informáticos e Ingeniería del Software
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

For decades, instructors and researchers have been trying to improve or enhance the learning process of students. In this process, it is important to know whether students have misconceptions in their conceptual understanding. The study of these elements is becoming a relevant research area in science and engineering education. This article provides insights into why students have misconceptions in an online course on operating systems. Specifically, this study presents a four-year qualitative case study of 78 online students in order to identify misconceptions and the causes that generate them. Our results indicate that students experienced misconceptions with the concept of interrupt. In fact, this study reveals that the natural-language meaning of the term interrupt is a hindrance to understanding this concept. In addition, a methodology for discovering misconceptions and their causes is developed.

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Item ID: 50951
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/50951/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:50951
DOI: 10.1109/MCOM.2017.1700362
Official URL: https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/8114570/
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 18 Jun 2018 09:12
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2018 09:12
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