Volume 10

V10 N5 Pages 4-14

October 2012

Software Engineering Frameworks: Textbooks vs. Student Perceptions

Kirby McMaster
Fort Lewis College
Durango, CO 81301, USA

Steven Hadfield
U.S. Airforce Academy
Colorado Springs, CO 80480, USA

Stuart Wolthuis
Brigham Young University-Hawaii
Laie, HI 96762, USA

Samuel Sambasivam
Azusa Pacific University
Azusa, CA 91702, USA

Abstract: This research examines the frameworks used by Computer Science and Information Systems students at the conclusion of their first semester of study of Software Engineering topics. A questionnaire listing 64 Software Engineering concepts was given to students upon completion of their first Software Engineering course. This survey was given to samples of students at three universities. To identify which topics were most important, students were asked to rate each concept on a ten-point scale. From their responses, we calculated the average perceived importance for each concept. This paper analyzes the results of this survey for the three student samples. We then compare the student rat-ings with word frequencies exhibited by authors of Software Engineering textbooks. In this way, we show how student frameworks relate to frameworks presented by Software Engineering authors.

Keywords: concept, Framework, gestalt, rating, schema, software engineering

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Recommended Citation: McMaster, K., Hadfield, S., Wolthuis, S., Sambasivam, S. (2012). Software Engineering Frameworks: Textbooks vs. Student Perceptions . Information Systems Education Journal, 10(5) pp 4-14. http://isedj.org/2012-10/ ISSN: 1545-679X. (A preliminary version appears in The Proceedings of ISECON 2011)