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Project-based Learning Practices in Computer Science Education

Fincher, Sally and Petre, Marian (1998) Project-based Learning Practices in Computer Science Education. In: FIE '98. 28th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference: Moving from 'Teacher-Centered' to 'Learner-Centered' Education Conference Proceedings. IEEE, pp. 1185-1191. ISBN 0-7803-4762-5. (doi:10.1109/FIE.1998.738607)

Abstract

The EPCoS project (Effective Projectwork in Computer Science) is working to map the range of project-based 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: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1109/FIE.1998.738607
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
Uncontrolled keywords: computer science education; educational institutions; educational technology; project management; indexing; laboratories; informatics; context modelling; teamwork
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
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2019 10:33 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/21589 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Fincher, Sally: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7347-108X
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