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Using Experiments in Software Engineering as an Auxiliary Tool for Teaching ? A Perspective of Students? Learning Process

Conference paper
Authors Miroslaw Staron
Published in 6th Conference on Software Engineering Research and Practice in Sweden
Pages 29-38
ISBN 91-7264-198-3
Publication year 2006
Published at Department of Applied Information Technology (GU)
Pages 29-38
Language en
Keywords software engineering, MDA, UML
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Abstract

Experiments are foundations of providing an empirical dimension in software engineering research. There are, however, certain problems with obtaining access to professionals while experimenting. Thus the experiments are often performed as parts of courses at universities thus using students as experiment subjects. On one hand the experiments bring a pure benefit for the researchers since the costs of the experimentation are minimized, but on the other hand they provide certain threats to students who participate in the experiments. In this paper we discuss issues of using students as subjects from the perspective of their benefits in terms of learning. We overview some literature related to the matter of experiments with students as subjects. We present these discussions in the context of a course aimed at providing environment for learning object-oriented software development. We conduct interviews with students who participated in the experiments and present their impressions of the interviews in order to validate the claims posed in the literature study. Finally we show quantitative data on the rate of obtaining the distinctive pass grades for courses with and without experiments.

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