Title

Using action research to embed systmen thinking concepts in postgraduate IT teaching

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publisher

Murdoch University

Place of Publication

Perth, Western Australia

School

School of Computer and Information Science

RAS ID

3022

Comments

Originally published as: McDermid, D.C., & Bose, A.A. (2004). Using action research to embed systmen thinking concepts in postgraduate IT teaching. In Proceedings of the 13th Annual Teaching Learning Forum: Seeking Educational Excellence.Perth, Australia: Murdoch University. Original paper is available here

Abstract

The paper discusses the results of an action research study whose aim was to improve the quality of teaching systems concepts by using a software program that actually executes the models in order to re-inforce the concepts being learnt. The conclusions reached were that using such software in a structured learning environment did indeed improve the quality of teaching and had an impact on the ability of students to model problems more systemically. Further, lessons were learnt in the mechanics of how to structure laboratory exercises to support this goal.