Dr Errol Tompson

Errol Thompson

Teaching Fellow

Phone Number: 0121 204 3294
Email: e.l.thompson1@aston.ac.uk


I am interested in understanding the framing stories by which people live especially in relation to economics and computer science. By understanding the variations in the way people understand a phenomenon or idea (phenomenography), we can plan teaching to enable people to see these concepts in alternative ways. To foster alternative ways of understanding a phenomenon, I am interested in the use of adaptive or smart learning environments and game-based learning.

Selected Publications:

  • Thompson, E. (2015). What Can Practitioner Perceptions Tell Us About Our Subject? Paper presented at the The 16th Biennial Conference of the European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction (EARLI), Cyprus  University of Technology (CUT), Limassol, Cyprus.
  • Wong, S. H. S., Thompson, E., & Beaumont, A. J. (2015). Reflective journals: Can they be used to identify struggling students? Paper presented at the Research in Engineering Education Symposium (REES2015), Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland. Thompson, E., & Kinshuk. (2011). The nature of an object-oriented program: How do practitioners understand the nature of what they are creating? Computer Science Education, 21(3), 269-287. doi:10.1080/08993408.2011.607010
  • Whalley, J., Clear, T., Robbins, P., & Thompson, E. (2011). Salient elements in novice solutions to code writing problems. Paper presented at the 13th Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE 2011), Perth, Australia.
  • Thompson, E. (2010). From phenomenography study to planning teaching. Paper presented at the Proceedings of the fifteenth annual conference on Innovation and technology in computer science education, Bilkent, Ankara, Turkey.