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The Case for Kairos: The Importance of Moment and Manner in Software Engineering Communication

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Item Summary Kumar, Shreya Wallace, Charles 2019-01-03T01:02:12Z 2019-01-03T01:02:12Z 2019-01-08
dc.identifier.isbn 978-0-9981331-2-6
dc.description.abstract Students preparing for software engineering careers need to be proficient in the mechanics of communication and experienced in the basic communication genres common to the profession. We argue, however, that this is not enough: students must also be prepared for the inventive, in-the-moment nature of real project communication. Choosing the right moment and manner for inventive discourse is the essence of kairos, a long-standing concept in the field of rhetoric. We find similarities between the concept of kairos and the role of communication in agile software development methods. We argue for the need to address kairos in software engineering education. We present an approach, based on the concept of cognitive apprenticeship, that we have used in a team software project course with successful results. Finally, we pose two important challenges: how to evaluate kairotic awareness across a student's academic career and beyond, and how to make software engineering instructors feel comfortable covering communication topics.
dc.format.extent 10 pages
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Proceedings of the 52nd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
dc.subject Communication, Cooperation, and Specializations
dc.subject Software Engineering Education and Training
dc.subject agile software development
dc.subject communication
dc.subject constructivism
dc.subject rhetoric
dc.subject software engineering education
dc.title The Case for Kairos: The Importance of Moment and Manner in Software Engineering Communication
dc.type Conference Paper
dc.type.dcmi Text
dc.identifier.doi 10.24251/HICSS.2019.910
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