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ERIC Number: EJ807681
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1547-9714
Barriers for Students' Learning of Holistic Systems Development
Levinsen, Karin Tweddell; Madsen, Sabine
Journal of Information Technology Education, v6 p425-439 2007
Based on action research of the Information Processing (IP) course at the bachelor programme HA/DOK at Copenhagen Business School, we investigate which barriers students experience when learning holistic systems development and why. HA/DOK has been developed to educate students who can facilitate between users and programmers and navigate within and between the application (i.e. the users') and the problem (i.e. the IT system's) domain. However, a summative evaluation suggests a gap between the study programme's intention and the students' learning and performance at the IP exam. Our investigation of this gap reveals that while the students readily think and act in accordance with the problem domain they all struggle to achieve the learning objectives that concern the application domain. We propose that the students' difficulties arise as a consequence of how the study programme is designed and outline alternatives for helping them overcome the barriers and/or reach the learning objectives. (Contains 3 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Denmark