A multi-national, multi-institutional study of student-generated software

Fincher, Sally and Petre, Marian and Tenenberg, Josh and Blaha, Ken and Bouvier, Dennis and Chen, Tzu-Yi and Chinn, Donald and Cooper, Stephen and Eckerdal, Anna and Johnson, Hubert (2004) A multi-national, multi-institutional study of student-generated software. In: Korhonen, Ari and Malmi, Lauri, eds. Proceedings of the Fourth Finnish/Baltic Sea Conference on Computer Science Education. pp. 20-28. ISBN 951-22-7438-8. (Full text available)

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Abstract

This paper reports a multi-national, multi-institutional study to investigate Computer Science students' understanding of software design and software design criteria. Student participants were recruited from two groups: students early in their degree studies and students completing their Bachelor degrees. Computer Science educators were also recruited as a comparison group. The study, including over 300 participants from 21 institutions in 4 countries, aimed to understand characteristics of student-generated software designs, to investigate student recognition of requirement ambiguities, and to elicit students' valuation of key design activities. The results indicate that with experience, students become more aware of ambiguous problem speci�cations and are able to address more of the requirements in their software designs, that they use fewer textual design notations and more graphical and standardized notations, that they systemically ignore groupings and interactions among the di�erent parts of their designs, and that students change their valuation of key design activities in response to changes in problem-solving context.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 76 Software, computer programming,
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Computing > Computing Education Group
Depositing User: Mark Wheadon
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2008 18:01
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2011 01:22
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/14083 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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