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ERIC Number: EJ981241
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Aug
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0950-4222
Closing the Gap: Preparing Computing Students for Employment through Embedding Work-Related Learning in the Taught Curriculum
McKinnon, Sabine; McCrae, June
Industry and Higher Education, v26 n4 p315-320 Aug 2012
This paper presents the findings from a pilot study which explored the impact of embedding work-related learning activities in the first-year computing curriculum at Glasgow Caledonian University. Students worked in teams on practical projects which were formally assessed and the researchers gathered student feedback using two online surveys (n = 159) and focus groups (n = 29). The findings indicate that 85% of the students felt that their learning on the module had improved their employability skills but that their confidence levels in most skills were lower at the end of the module. The paper suggests that first-year students' realistic awareness of their own skills gaps leads to more focused learning in their remaining years of study. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Glasgow)