The Relevance of Software Development Education for Students

Abstract

According to Bill Gates the 3 R's: Rigour, Relevance and Relationaships are the most important aspects of education reform.  In Software Development Education at universities a fair amount of attention is paid to Rigour but to a lesser extent to Relevance.  Relevance can be defined as: relation to the matter at hand / practical and especially social applicability / what is important in this time and situation.  Relevance in terms of Education can be defined as: the applicability of what is taught to the needs and interests of students and society.  In this quantitative study we report on the relevance of software development education for Computer Science (CS) students.  All 12 factors identified from the data obtained from questionnaires to 297 CS students indicated high reliability coefficients.  Interesting results were obtained from analysing these 12 factors which indicate important implications for future teaching of and learning by CS students. From these results recommendations will be made for relevant software development education in these changing times.



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Janet Liebenberg, North-West University, South Africa
Magda Huisman, North-West University, South Africa
Elsa Mentz, North-West University, South Africa

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Conference: ACSET2013
Stream: Education

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