ERIC Number: ED475928
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
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Systems Analysis of Learning Theory through Causal Influence Diagrams.
Cunningham, Ann C.; Stewart, Loraine M.
The components of complex domains have dynamic, interdependent relationships that are often unstable. A useful method for representing relationships among elements in complex systems is causal influence diagramming, often described as concept mapping. This study employs the use of software applications, traditional assessment, and case studies to support systems analysis of learning theories through the development of causal influence diagrams (CID) and seeks to determine the extent to which causal influence diagramming affects performance on traditional assessment measures. A second goal of this study is to determine whether causal influence diagramming of a case study affects student performance on case study analysis. A partnership was formed between the faculty members responsible for teaching Educational Psychology courses in the elementary and secondary undergraduate programs. The faculty worked together to select appropriate software, identify important systems covered in the course, and establish a unified curriculum for teaching the systems targeted for the study. Students in undergraduate Educational Psychology courses were taught to use Inspiration software to express their understanding of causal relationships within learning theory and classroom systems. (Contains 13 references, 7 figures, and 3 tables.) (AEF)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Causal Models, Computer Oriented Programs, Concept Mapping, Diagrams, Higher Education, Learning Strategies, Learning Theories, Preservice Teacher Education, Systems Analysis
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Note: In: NECC 2002: National Educational Computing Conference Proceedings (23rd, San Antonio, Texas, June 17-19, 2002); see IR 021 916. Figure contains very small illegible type.