The influence of multi-modal systems thinking on a self-study action research of teaching reform in a university information systems course
Faculty of Business and Public Management
School of Business
From 1991 to 1993 I conducted a qualitative investigation of the influence of open discourse on technicism in a University Business Computing Course. I discontinued the research on realising, through a reflective self-study, that I had acted unethically. To address this breach of ethics, I conducted an heuristic inquiry, from 1993 to 1996, to delve deeply, using phenomenological reflection, into the nature, and possible healing, of the causes of my research short-comings. The change in research approach and direction was influenced by my reading of the multi-modal thinking of the Amsterdam School. I note that this approach has recently been incorporated into systems thinking in the work of J. R. D. de Raadt, whose university informatics teaching reform, informed by the 'way of the prophet', resonates with my reforms.