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Theories of Motivation: Implications for Engineering Education

July 30, 2010

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Author:  Sanjay Goel, http://in.linkedin.com/in/sgoel ________________________________________ According to Webster’s Dictionary, motivation is “the psychological feature that arouses an organism to action;” and “the reason for the action.”   Psychologists have carried out extensive research on various aspects of motivation. Motives influence one’s perception, cognition, emotion, and behavior. Aristotle identified twelve end motives: confidence, pleasure, saving, magnificence, honor, […]

Bloom’s Taxonomy wrt Software Development Education

July 29, 2010

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Author:  Sanjay Goel, http://in.linkedin.com/in/sgoel ________________________________________ Several authors have given a summary and commentary on Bloom’s taxonomy.  This taxonomy continues to be extensively used for course and assessment design by several computer sciences education researchers. For example, on December 20th, 2009, ACM Digital library showed 407 papers referring to Bloom’s taxonomy out of which 214 papers […]

Re-interpreting Kolb’s Learning Styles

July 29, 2010

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Author:  Sanjay Goel, http://in.linkedin.com/in/sgoel ________________________________________ Kolb   identified   four main learning styles. Kolb also discovered prominent patterns of correlation of the styles with respect to domains, and also with concerned persons’ functions. Kolb also proposed ‘experiential learning cycle’ for facilitating deeper learning.   These four styles are given below: Divergent:  involves reflection on concrete experience, requires abilities […]

Software Debugging: Errors in Logical and Analytical Reasoning – Metzger’s Collation

July 28, 2010

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Author:  Sanjay Goel, http://in.linkedin.com/in/sgoel ________________________________________ With specific reference to Software Debugging, Metzger collated research based findings regarding errors in logical and analytical reasoning: 1      Misdirected focus – tendency to focus on interesting rather than logically important aspects of the problem. 2      Storage limitation – storage capacity of conscious mind is extremely limited; hence, the presentation […]

Assess Your Curriculum and Courses Using Harden’s Taxonomy of Curriculum Integration

July 28, 2010

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  Author:  Sanjay Goel, http://in.linkedin.com/in/sgoel   ________________________________________ Problem: A. Roger Schank told a very interesting story [1] about the ineffectiveness of the so called broad based curriculum that includes  inputs from multiple disciplines.    As per this story,  a hypothetical country  was badly overrun by dragons. The government formed a high power committee of  multi-disciplinary experts  (engineering, arts, biology, physics, […]

List of 400+ References wrt Software Development Education

July 28, 2010

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Compilation:  Sanjay Goel, http://in.linkedin.com/in/sgoel ________________________________________ [1].The Joint Task Force on Computing Curricula, IEEE Computer Society and ACM, Characteristics of CS graduates, Computing curricula, 2001, retrieved from http://www.computer.org/portal/cms_docs_ieeecs/ieeecs/education/cc2001/cc2001.pdf, last accessed on October 15, 2005. [2]. Jalote P., The success of the SPI efforts in India, Software Quality Professional, Vol 3, No. 2, March 2001, retrieved from […]

Software Developers’ Desired Competencies: A Comprehensive Distilled View

July 27, 2010

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Author:  Sanjay Goel, http://in.linkedin.com/in/sgoel ________________________________________ Summary of various recommendations about desired competencies of software developers(alphabetically ordered) 1. Ability to accommodate himself to others, empathy, “be the customer” mentality – genuine interest in understanding what other people are trying to accomplish and based on this understanding think about creating technical solutions to help them reach their […]