Industry’s perception of the relevance of software development education

The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa. 2015;11(3):e1-e25 DOI 10.4102/td.v11i3.66

 

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Journal Title: The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa

ISSN: 1817-4434 (Print); 2415-2005 (Online)

Publisher: AOSIS

Society/Institution: North West University

LCC Subject Category: Social Sciences

Country of publisher: South Africa

Language of fulltext: English

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AUTHORS


Janet Liebenberg (Faculty of Natural Sciences, North-West University, Potchefstroom)

Magda Huisman (Faculty of Natural Sciences, North-West University, Potchefstroom)

Elsa Mentz (Faculty of Education Sciences, North-West University, Potchefstroom)

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Double blind peer review

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Time From Submission to Publication: 27 weeks

 

Abstract | Full Text

It is widely acknowledged that there is a shortage of software developers, not only in South Africa, but also worldwide. Despite reports, in mostly quantitative studies, of a gap between the industry needs and software development education, the view the industry has of the new graduates and the problems, challenges and solutions in respect of software development education has not been explored in detail. This article reports on a mixed methods study of the relevance of software development education from the perspective of the industry. The analysis reveals some interesting views held by the industry, as well as by the different generations on their new recruits and the problems and challenges that are faced. The following solutions to the problems are suggested: teamwork; projects and experience; work-integrated-learning and mentoring; technical and soft skills; keeping up to date; career guidance; introspection; and generational awareness.