Project-based Learning Practices in Computer Science Education

Fincher, Sally and Petre, Marian (1998) Project-based Learning Practices in Computer Science Education. In: 28th annual frontiers in education conference - conference proceedings, vols 1-3. IEEE pp. 1185-1191. ISBN 0-7803-4762-5. (doi: (Full text available)


The EPCoS project (Effective Projectwork in Computer Science) is working to map the range of projectbased learning practices in UK Higher Education and to generate insights into what characterizes the contexts in which particular techniques are effective. In assembling a body of authentic examples, EPCoS aims to provide a resource that enables extrapolation and synthesis of new techniques. To allow educators and researchers to mine this material, EPCoS is systematizing it within a template-based catalogue, augmented with indexing and abstracting devices. Moreover, EPCoS is examining the process by which practices are transferred between institutional contexts, with a view to identifying effective models of the transfer process. Three key elements of transfer are the identification of appropriate practices, the selection of a practice for a purpose, and the integration of a chosen practice into the existing culture. Structured resources and process models are essential tools for supporting responsiveness in the current climate of continual change: the rapid development of computer technology is demanding new range and flexibility in project work, and EPCoS’s mapping of project-based teaching allows practitioners to respond to these changes. This is one context in which educational research into how projects work can generalize to professional practice.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Additional information: 28th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference on Moving from Teacher-Centered to Learner-Centered Education TEMPE, AZ, NOV 04-07, 1998 IEEE, Educ Soc; IEEE, Comp Soc; ASEE, Educ Res & Methods Div
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 76 Software, computer programming,
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Computing > Computing Education Group
Depositing User: Mark Wheadon
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2009 15:54 UTC
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