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

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McDermid, Donald C.; Bose, Anita A.
Murdoch University
[RSTDPub]; student; education; postgraduate; tertiary; higher; information; technology; Education
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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.