Encouraging Transformational Learning and Reflective Practice with 2nd Year IT Students Using a Skills Inventory

Rosen, Clive C. H. (2014) Encouraging Transformational Learning and Reflective Practice with 2nd Year IT Students Using a Skills Inventory. In: Software Engineering Education for a Global E-Service Economy. Progress in IS . Springer International Publishing, pp. 59-64. ISBN 978-3-319-04216-9, 978-3-319-04217-6

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Abstract

Helping computing students acquire the skills employers require is fraught with problems. Students often do not see teaching these skills as a legitimate element of a computing curriculum. This chapter argues that part of the reason for this is a psychological resistance to self-exploration and self-evaluation and not the rational argument it appears to be. Furthermore, self-awareness is a pre-requisite for transformational learning which is pre-requisite for students being able to achieve their full potential. This chapter discusses the causes of student resistance to engaging fully in activities designed to improve their employability skills. It then discusses the concept of transformational learning as a common objective of higher education and preparation for employment. Finally, it presents the deployment of a skills inventory to introduce students to the concepts of self-evaluation and self-awareness which overcomes their natural ambivalence. Results have been encouraging and the student response positive.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Business Information Systems; Educational Policy and Politics; Personal development; Personal reflection; Skills development; Skills inventory; Software Engineering; Transformational learning; e-Commerce/e-business
Depositing User: National Forum
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2015 22:20
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2015 22:21
URI: http://eprints.teachingandlearning.ie/id/eprint/3614

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