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Professional Competencies for Real?: A Question about Identity!
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology, Computer Systems. (UpCERG)
2016 (English)In: ITiCSE '16 Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference in Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education, ACM Digital Library, 2016Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

How students develop professional competencies has been an interest for me for decades. There are several aspects to this issue that I have addressed, e.g. what are professional competencies, how can their development of them be supported in educational settings, what motivates a student to put in an effort towards developing a competency, how can they be assessed, how can progression of professional competencies be handled in education curricula, and how can development of professional competencies be specified in a course description. These are among the more prominent issues that have been on my mind. In this work I have noticed a huge "gap" between how professional competencies are expressed as important learning outcomes of degree programs and the almost zero link to how this development should be done at the course instance level. This "gap" is frustrating for me and a source for thoughts regarding how to bridge that "gap". Work in our research group UpCERG (Uppsala Computing Education Research Group, www.it.uu.se/research/group/upcerg) has lately included studying issues related to identity, initially mostly the identity of different student cohorts, but now also that of teachers and education leaders. This research provides valuable insights towards causes for the "gap". That is, the slow closing of the "gap" can be understood by placing this in the context of the identity of the teachers (especially) and the students. It is how professional competencies are valued in relation to "pure" subject knowledge among these identities that provides severe obstacles to inclusion of development of professional competencies in a meaningful way at the course instance level. This is despite much of the previous work regarding issues related to developing professional competencies in educational settings, as those mentioned above.

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ACM Digital Library, 2016.
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student and teacher identities, student competencies
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Didactics Computer Systems
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Computer Science with specialization in Computer Science Education Research
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-367323DOI: 10.1145/2899415.2925471OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-367323DiVA, id: diva2:1266961
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ACM Conference in Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education, Arequipa, Peru — July 09 - 13, 2016
Note

A keynote presentation at the conference

Available from: 2018-11-29 Created: 2018-11-29 Last updated: 2019-03-20Bibliographically approved

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