Call for Papers

Special Track: The role of Education Theory and Practice in Software Engineering Education



With the discussions centred on the SWEBOK, there is increasing agreement on what constitutes an appropriate set of skills and knowledge for software engineering. It is also accepted that students emerging from SE programs need to be equipped for life long learning. However, it is more difficult to find agreement both on:

  • how to balance the generic skills with discipline-specific knowledge, and
  • how to instantiate these within SE curricula.

This special track will look at current trends in education with an emphasis on incorporating education theory and practice in SE education. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • should SE education be student-centered and/or problem/case ­ based and why
  • is there place for internship within undergraduate SE programs
  • what constitutes a supportive learning environment in SE
  • what role has ICT (Interactive Communication Technologies) to play in SE education?

The following site provides an excellent background to learning theory concepts and practice

The special section in IEEE Transactions on Education 43(4) provides examples of the types of papers sought

In addition to providing an overview of current practice, the purpose of this track is to provide a forum for discussion and co-operation among researchers in this and related areas.


Those interested are invited to submit a paper or experience report describing a key idea relevant to the topics noted. In addition papers addressing the following are sought: a) experience with courses where the approach taken may be considered innovative or Œalternativeš; b) evaluations which discuss the success (or failure) of an approach to teaching SE related material; and c) discussion/evaluation of the relevance of such approaches to industry.

We encourage submission of works in progress from both academics and industry.

Please send all submissions to using pdf format. With a subject line "CSEET Education Track SUBMISSION". All submissions will be acknowledged; if you do not receive an acknowledgement by the deadline date, please send an inquiry to the same address.

See also the formatting guidelines for papers

Important Dates

  • Research Papers, Experience Reports, Tutorial proposals, Panel Proposals: DEADLINE HAS BEEN PASSED. NO MORE SUBMISSIONS ACCEPTED. Please notify us of your intent to submit, as soon as possible. The original deadline was Sept 20th, and we would appreciate receiving your submissions by then. However, due to the events in New York and Washington, we will accept papers up until Sept 27th.

  • Notification of Acceptance: November 1, 2001

  • Camera-ready copies due: December 5, 2001 (This is a week earlier than formerly announced, to accommodate IEEE deadlines).