Mentoring Mentors in Cooperative Software Engineering Education Programmes

Maguire, J. , Sheridan, N., Draper, S. and Cutts, Q. (2019) Mentoring Mentors in Cooperative Software Engineering Education Programmes. In: 2019 ACM Conference on International Computing Education Research (ICER ’19), Toronto, ON, Canada, 12-14 Aug 2019, p. 307. ISBN 9781450361859 (doi: 10.1145/3291279.3341205)

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Cooperative programmes are principally partnerships between academia and industry to deliver education partly on campus and partly in the workplace. Mentors in the workplace are crucial in such cooperative programmes as they scaffold appropriate development activities for students. A workplace mentor in this situation is important not only for the development of detailed technical knowledge, but also in the development of software engineering skills that are almost never in fact taught in higher education, e.g. navigating large, neglected code bases. Consequently, workplace mentors are a key component of any high-quality education programme delivered in partnership with industry. However, higher education institutions and enterprises not only need to appreciate the importance of mentors in such schemes, but also ensure such staff are supported to use their experience to increase their skill as a mentor. Mentors need the space and support to reflect on their own practice, develop skills and attain new knowledge. In this sense, the challenge is not dissimilar to that faced by computing science school teachers that need to continually consider their own practice as well as have the time to consider emerging programming languages and frameworks. Many of the structures and existing research on how to support computing science school teachers could be adapted to support these workplace mentors, e.g. support groups. In this poster, we present initial research and models for mentoring mentors in cooperative software engineering programmes. The aim is to share initial work, receive feedback and to connect with potential collaborators.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Draper, Dr Steve and Tasler, Dr Nathalie and Cutts, Professor Quintin and Maguire, Dr Joseph
Authors: Maguire, J., Sheridan, N., Draper, S., and Cutts, Q.
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
College of Science and Engineering > School of Psychology
University Services > Learning and Teaching Services Division
University Services > Student and Academic Services > Academic Services
Research Group:Centre for Computing Science Education
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 The Authors
First Published:First published in Proceedings of the 2019 ACM Conference on International Computing Education Research (ICEP '19): 307
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
3030040Opportunities for Partnership Activity in Work-based learning InnovationQuintin CuttsSkills Development Scotland (SKIDEVSC)G17-043Computing Science