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Studio learning of requirements: towards aligning teaching to practitioner needs

Armarego, J. and Minor, O. (2005) Studio learning of requirements: towards aligning teaching to practitioner needs. In: REET'05 (1st International Workshop on RE Education and Training), 29 Aug 2005, Paris

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Research endeavours in software development have found that failures and deficiencies of software systems are often rooted in the requirements activities undertaken. One possible cause is the appropriateness of the education of those engaged with the requirements component of software development. This education is largely based on model curricula used as guidelines for a traditional learning environment. A small study was undertaken to compare the RE components of selected model curricula to the opinions of a small but representative group of practitioners in the local context. The results were matched to studies undertaken elsewhere, and confirm that practitioners see shortcomings in formal education, particularly with respect to more generic skills such as communication, team skills and affective attributes of novice REs. These practitioner expectations are being used to validate changes made to the learning of RE at this University, and to trigger further changes in order to align learning with practitioner needs.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Engineering Science
Publisher: REET
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