Teaching Computer Scientists to Play Well with Others: Panel Discussion

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Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges


Most undergraduate computer science programs include classes that require team work. This helps our students work well with each other, but does not address the problem of working well with people from other disciplines. Computer scientists have preconceived notions of people in other professions and people in other professions have preconceived notions of computer scientists. These preconceptions can interfere with good working relationships. Computer scientists tend to work on projects of use in an application field that may be unknown to them and, thus, must work with people in that application field.