ERIC Number: ED375483
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
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A Fundamental Methodology for Designing Management Information Systems for Schools.
Visscher, Adrie J.
Computer-assisted school information systems (SISs) are developed and used worldwide; however, the literature on strategies for their design and development is lacking. This paper presents the features of a fundamental approach to systems design that proved to be successful when developing SCHOLIS, a computer-assisted SIS for Dutch secondary schools. The SCHOLIS strategy concentrates on the following elements of object system modeling, data modeling, and function modeling: activity analysis, object analysis, and function analysis. The SCHOLIS strategy involved seven stages: (1) constructing the hypothetical reference models; (2) testing reference models in project schools; (3) formulating elementary draft activities; (4) verifying draft elementary activities; (5) towards a SIS framework; (6) collecting feedback of the final framework; and (7) defining the final framework. The fundamental strategy described in this article proved to be labor-intensive but successful. It helped meet the following goals: (1) development of a future school information system which can give all possible and meaningful support to school staff and that probably will have a long life-cycle; (2) integration of all subsystems in one school information system which enables single entry and multiple use of data as well as investigating relations between all database elements; and (3) design and development of a system with a high acceptation probability. Five figures are included. Contains 18 references. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands