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Exploring the gap between the student expectations and the reality of teamwork in undergraduate software engineering group projects.

Iacob, Claudia; Faily, Shamal

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Claudia Iacob



Abstract

Software engineering group projects aim to provide a nurturing environment for learning about teamwork in software engineering. Since social and teamwork issues have been consistently identified as serious problems in such projects, we aim to better understand the breakdown between the expectations teams have at the start of a group project and their experiences at the end of the project. In this paper, we investigate how 35 teams of undergraduate students approach software engineering group project courses, and how their previous experience with collaborative software development matches their expectations for group work. We then analyse the retrospective documents delivered by the same teams at the end of a 27-week software engineering group project course, mirroring the expectations at the start of the project with the realities described by the end of it.

Citation

IACOB, C. and FAILY, S. 2019. Exploring the gap between the student expectations and the reality of teamwork in undergraduate software engineering group projects. Journal of systems and software [online], 157, article number 110393. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jss.2019.110393

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 12, 2019
Online Publication Date Aug 12, 2019
Publication Date Nov 30, 2019
Deposit Date Sep 17, 2021
Publicly Available Date Dec 7, 2021
Journal Journal of systems and software
Print ISSN 0164-1212
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 157
Article Number 110393
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jss.2019.110393
Keywords Computing students; Computing education; Student group projects; Software engineering
Public URL https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/1427728

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