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Title
Experimentation in Software Engineering: Bridging the Gap Between Educators and Researchers
Published in
Proceedings of the International Conference on Frontiers in Education: Computer Science and Computer Engineering (FECS 2008), July 14-17, 2008 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, ISBN: 1-60132-067-1, pp. 350-354. - 2008
Abstract
Currently, a great number of controlled experiments are being executed to evaluate the effectiveness of methods and/or techniques in academic environments. Most of these experiments have as the main objective to obtain reliable data that provide empirical evidence about the effectiveness of these methods or techniques, often ignoring the educational goals of experiments. This paper presents our experience in the application of empirical methods in an advanced Software Engineering course taught in the Computer Science degree program at the Valencia University of Technology. Specifically, the paper describes how controlled experiments can be carried out taking into account the goals of educators and researchers. The results also suggest that controlled experiments have a pedagogical value which contributes to the learning of new techniques in Software Engineering.


BibTeX
@misc{issi_web:id:261,
        title =  "Experimentation in Software Engineering: Bridging the Gap Between Educators and Researchers",
        author = "Emilio Insfrán Pelozo and Silvia Abrahao",
        booktitle = "Proceedings of the International Conference on
Frontiers in Education: Computer Science and Computer
Engineering (FECS 2008), July 14-17, 2008 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, ISBN: 1-60132-067-1, pp. 350-354.",
        year = "2008",
        eprint = "http://issi.dsic.upv.es/publications/archives/",
        url = "",
        abstract = "Currently, a great number of controlled experiments are being executed to evaluate the effectiveness of methods and/or techniques in academic environments. Most of these experiments have as the main objective to obtain reliable data that provide empirical evidence about the effectiveness of these methods or techniques, often ignoring the educational goals of experiments. This paper presents our experience in the application of empirical methods in an advanced Software Engineering course taught in the Computer Science degree program at the Valencia University of Technology. Specifically, the paper describes how controlled experiments can be carried out taking into account the goals of educators and researchers. The results also suggest that controlled experiments have a pedagogical value which contributes to the learning of new techniques in Software Engineering."
}