Things Coming Together: Learning Experiences in a Software Studio

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ACM
Publication Type:
Conference Proceeding
Citation:
Proceedings of the 19th Annual SIGCSE Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education 2014, 2014
Issue Date:
2014-01
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We have evidence that the software studio provides learning that genuinely prepares students for professional practice. Learning that entails dealing with complex technical problems and tools. Learning that involves working effectively in groups. Learning that results in the building of students self-confidence and the conviction that they can successfully deal with the challenges of modern software system development. Learning that allows the accomplishment of the more elusive professional competencies. In order for students to achieve this type of deep learning, they need time to immerse themselves in complex problems within a rich environment such as the software studio. The studio also enables each student group to develop and succeed according to their needs, and in different ways. The conclusions above arise from an ethnographic study in an undergraduate software studio prototype with two student groups and their mentors.
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