Conceptions of computer science

Conceptions of a subject are heavily influenced by how the subject is taught. Especially in computer science, however, the requests for computer science as a school subject are influenced by existing preconceptions which may be based on a biased or incomplete picture of what "computer science" is.

Our work in this area targets these central research questions:

  1. What is computer science ("Nature of Computer Science")?
  2. What conceptions of computer science are present among certain groups of people (teachers, parents, students, ...)?
  3. How does teaching influence this picture in its entirety or in selected concrete parts?