In this paper, I reflect on how my personal conceptions on “theory” have developed and become more diverse and elaborated during my career. I discuss early conceptions I learned in school and during my university studies, followed by the growing awareness of computing education research as a field that is distinct from many areas of computer science. Becoming aware of how research is carried out in social sciences and how theories are used in these contexts raised my interest in understanding what this implies for computing education research as a field, which has been building its own identity during the past 20+ years.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2
Number of pages9
JournalACM Transactions on Computing Education
Issue number1
Early online date4 Nov 2022
Publication statusPublished - 2023
MoE publication typeB1 Non-refereed journal articles


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