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Problem based learning in the software engineering classroom

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Show simple item record Richardson, Ita Delaney, Yvonne 2012-01-18T16:45:41Z 2012-01-18T16:45:41Z 2009
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Software engineering lecturers are faced with the teaching of concepts which sometimes are not easy for inexperienced students to understand. Therefore, it can be useful to consider and use non-traditional teaching methods which can improve students’ learning. In this paper, we discuss problem-based learning and how its use can improve students’ understanding of concepts. We present factors which should exist in ‘pure’ problem-based learning. We then describe how one of the authors used problem-based learning in a class who were required to understand information flows through software engineering diagramming techniques, with the ultimate view to being able to analyse and design computerized information systems. This problem-based learning class was observed and analysed by the second author. The analysis presented focuses on the problem-based learning factors, how they were implemented in class, and the strengths and weaknesses of the use of problem-based learning in this way. In conclusion, the authors discuss how the teaching could be improved through modifying the teaching method for a future class in which problem-based learning will be used. This modification is expected to enhance the students’ learning and their experience. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher IEEE Computer Society en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries IEEE conference on Software Engineering Education and Training (CSEET);02/2009
dc.rights “© 2009 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. Permission from IEEE must be obtained for all other uses, in any current or future media, including reprinting/republishing this material for advertising or promotional purposes, creating new collective works, for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or reuse of any copyrighted component of this work in other works en_US
dc.subject software engineering en_US
dc.subject teaching en_US
dc.subject problem based learning en_US
dc.subject information flows en_US
dc.title Problem based learning in the software engineering classroom en_US
dc.type Conference item en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.type.restriction none en
dc.contributor.sponsor SFI

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