A personal theory of teaching computing through final year projects

M. A.C. Clark*, R. D. Boyle

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Stated learning objectives for final year projects tend to be fairly generic. As a result, individual students' experience of project work will depend heavily on the attitudes and beliefs of their supervisor. This paper questions the purpose of projects in the computing curriculum and proposes a personal theory of teaching through projects. In deciding whether such a personal theory should emphasize disciplinary specific content or an experiential approach to learning we consider teaching and learning as a process of enculturation. The personal theory of teaching proposed envisages projects as an opportunity for students to engage in realistic activity which allows them to learn something of the nature of the discipline. The student may be thought of as being on a journey, while the supervisor takes the role of a guide pointing out alternatives along the route but allowing students ultimately to find their own way.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)200-214
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Phytoremediation
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes


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