Developing Diversity Awareness of Software Engineers - A Diversity Framework and its Application in an Academic and Lifelong Learning Context

Developing Diversity Awareness of Software Engineers - A Diversity Framework and its Application in an Academic and Lifelong Learning Context

Abstract

Soft skills, societal awareness and the ability to work in interdisciplinary teams are crucial traits for future software engineers. Still, these social skills seem to be underrepresented in the education of software engineers. To support a practical integration of such aspects also into education, a so-called “Diversity Framework” has been developed that helps to externalize implicit factors such as different work behaviors in project teams. This paper firstly presents this theoretic, empirically validated framework for externalizing and managing diverse work styles in information and communication technology (ICT) environments. Moreover, the paper examines how two student teams on an undergraduate level perceived the Diversity Framework in a qualitative focus group research setting. Furthermore, the results exemplify how the different teams approached the topic differently. Finally, this work provides suggestion for future research and an integration of the framework in academic software engineering education and life-long learning.

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Authors
  • Böhm, Christina
  • Motschnig, Renate
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Category
Paper in Conference Proceedings or in Workshop Proceedings (Full Paper in Proceedings)
Event Title
Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE), 2016 IEEE
Divisions
Computer Science Didactics and Learning Research Center
Subjects
Informatik Allgemeines
Informatik Sonstiges
Event Location
Erie, PA, USA
Event Type
Conference
Event Dates
12.-15. Oktober 2016
Series Name
Proceedings of 46th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE) 2016
Date
October 2016
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