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Type: Conference paper
Title: Evolution of software development strategies
Author: Falkner, K.
Szabo, C.
Vivian, R.
Falkner, N.
Citation: Proceedings of the 2015 IEEE/ACM 37th IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering, 2015 / vol.2, pp.243-252
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Issue Date: 2015
ISBN: 9781479919345
ISSN: 0270-5257
Conference Name: 2015 IEEE/ACM 37th IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2015)) (16 May 2015 - 24 May 2015 : Firenze, Italy)
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Katrina Falkner, Claudia Szabo, Rebecca Vivian and Nickolas Falkner
Abstract: The development of discipline-specific cognitive and meta-cognitive skills is fundamental to the successful mastery of software development skills and processes. This development happens over time and is influenced by many factors, however its understanding by teachers is crucial in order to develop activities and materials to transform students from novice to expert software engineers. In this paper, we analyse the evolution of learning strategies of novice, first year students, to expert, final year students. We analyse reflections on software development processes from students in an introductory software development course, and compare them to those of final year students, in a distributed systems development course. Our study shows that computer science - specific strategies evolve as expected, with the majority of final year students including design before coding in their software development process, but that several areas still require scaffolding activities to assist in learning development.
Keywords: Software, encoding, software engineering, planning, context, programming profession
Rights: © 2015 IEEE
RMID: 0030041203
DOI: 10.1109/ICSE.2015.153
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