ERIC Number: ED335412
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Use of Conceptual Models in Case Studies: Dynamic Concept Analysis. Research Bulletin 78.
Kontiainen, Seppo; And Others
Dynamic Concept Analysis (DCA) is introduced as a means of building conceptual models in case studies and using information of concept relations in developing general and individual models to depict a particular phenomenon. DCA enables holistic studies of complex phenomena and analyzes the relationships between concepts to express these relations as an information structure. DCA is applied in the following studies: (1) "Dynamic Concept Analysis (DCA): Integrating Information in Conceptual Models" by S. Kontiainen uses DCA to analyze different phenomena by building "information structures" and "conceptual models"; (2) "Individual Models of Adult Learning" by S. Kontiainen uses DCA to analyze adult learning processes; (3) "Institutional Models of Higher Education" by S. Kontiainen and M. Tight uses DCA in a study of British institutions of higher education and defines five ideal-typical institutional types; (4) "Individual Models of Moral Judgement" by S. Kontiainen and K. Helkama looks at Kohlberg's stages of moral reasoning in terms of DCA; (5) "Understanding Different Outcomes in Decision Making" by S. Kontiainen and others uses DCA in studies of different outcomes in decision-making processes, focusing on how conceptual analyses and models are useful when trying to understand a particular decision; and (6) "Transforming a General Model into Individual Models: Individual Models of Affective Experience of Unemployment" by S. Kontiainen and J. Manninen uses DCA to transform a general model of experience of unemployment into individual models; and (7) "Supervision of Teaching Practice in Adult Education: Student's and Supervisor's Perceptions of Supervision" by S. Kontiainen and J. Hobrough gives an example of the use of DCA and conceptual models in analyzing supervision in teaching practice. (RLC)
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Case Studies, Decision Making, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Models, Moral Values, Research Methodology, Research Reports, Unemployment, Value Judgment
Department of Education, University of Helsinki, Blvd. 18, SF-00120 Helsinki, Finland.
Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Reports - Evaluative
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Authoring Institution: Helsinki Univ. (Finland). Dept. of Education.