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      Using systematic reviews and evidence-based software engineering with masters students

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      13th International Conference on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering (EASE) (EASE)

      Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering (EASE)

      20 - 21 April 2009

      Evidence-based software engineering, teaching, research methods, feedback, assessment, systematic review

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          Abstract

          Context: The problem of teaching research skills to masters students. In particular, improving their literature reviews, assessing them and providing good feedback.

          Objectives: To introduce systematic reviews and evidence-based software engineering (EBSE) guidance into our teaching, provide an experience report and empirical data, and investigate the results.

          Methods: A systematic review requirement was introduced into the students’ assessed work. The format of the assessment brief (also provided in this paper) was influenced by previous research on EBSE work with students. Qualitative and quantitative data was generated, and statistical analysis investigated the students’ performance across the different elements of the systematic review.

          Results: Most students could do a systematic review and more useful feedback could be given. The assessment brief deviated from the normal EBSE guidelines in order to address previous difficulties. This modification was successful. Differences were found in student marks for different elements of the systematic reviews, with a large effect size for differing scores between ‘search’ and ‘criteria’, and ‘search’ and ‘evaluation’.

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          Conference
          April 2009
          April 2009
          : 1-9
          Affiliations
          School of Computing, University of Teesside, Middlesbrough, TS1 3BA, UK
          Article
          10.14236/ewic/EASE2009.10
          © Briony J Oates et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. 13th International Conference on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering (EASE), Durham University, UK

          This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

          13th International Conference on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering (EASE)
          EASE
          13
          Durham University, UK
          20 - 21 April 2009
          Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
          Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering (EASE)
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          Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
          Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
          Categories
          Electronic Workshops in Computing

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