How Software Architects Learn: A pilot study of their learning style in Kolb's Learning Styles Inventory

Mauricio Hidalgo, Hernan Astudillo, Laura M. Castro

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Resumen

Software architects play a crucial role in proposing system designs and technologies, providing guidelines for system construction and quality assessment, and facilitating communication among stakeholders. However, training software architects is known to be challenging, with no clear set of techniques available to effectively transfer and acquire the necessary knowledge, methods, and attitudes. This paper aims to address this issue by presenting an initial characterization of the learning styles of software architects using Kolb's Learning Styles Inventory, a well-known assessment tool designed to provide a summary of an individual's preferred learning style. To achieve this objective, we administered Kolb's Learning Styles Test to seven mid-senior practitioners working as software architects. The analysis of the test results revealed that the primary learning mode of these software architects is a combination of Active Experimentation and Abstract Conceptualization, followed by Concrete Experience, and to a lesser extent, Reflective Observation. Understanding the learning styles of software architects has significant implications for software engineering education and the training of these professionals. It enables courses and instructors to tailor their approaches by emphasizing practice and experimentation to foster problem-solving skills. Furthermore, it facilitates the design of activities that promote decision-making and goal-setting in the field of software architecture.

Idioma originalInglés
Título de la publicación alojada2023 42nd IEEE International Conference of the Chilean Computer Science Society, SCCC 2023
EditorialIEEE Computer Society
ISBN (versión digital)9798350313895
DOI
EstadoPublicada - 2023
Evento42nd IEEE International Conference of the Chilean Computer Science Society, SCCC 2023 - Concepcion, Chile
Duración: 23 oct. 202326 oct. 2023

Serie de la publicación

NombreProceedings - International Conference of the Chilean Computer Science Society, SCCC
ISSN (versión impresa)1522-4902

Conferencia

Conferencia42nd IEEE International Conference of the Chilean Computer Science Society, SCCC 2023
País/TerritorioChile
CiudadConcepcion
Período23/10/2326/10/23

Áreas temáticas de ASJC Scopus

  • Ingeniería General
  • Ciencia de la Computación General

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