Conceptual understanding of conceptual modeling concepts: A longitudinal study among students learning to model

Dirk van der Linden, Henderik A. Proper, Stijn J.B.A. Hoppenbrouwers

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Abstract

We discuss our investigation into the conceptual understanding that students have of common concepts used for conceptual modeling (e.g., actors, processes, goals). We studied if and how those understandings may change over time during a student's progress through their academic curriculum. To do so, we performed a longitudinal study with a group of students starting computing and information science studies at Radboud University Nijmegen. We followed them from the beginning of their studies as they learned new theories, techniques, and languages for modeling. We focused on investigating whether their conceptual understandings changed as they became acquainted with new languages and techniques, and whether there were correlations between the introduction of such educational stimuli and changes in their conceptual understanding. We discuss the seeming lack of connection between these stimuli and such changes, and reflect on what this means for the training of people in conceptual modeling.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvanced Information Systems Engineering Workshops - CAiSE 2014 International Workshops, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer
Pages213-218
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9783319078687
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event26th International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering, CAiSE 2014 - Thessaloniki, Greece
Duration: 16 Jun 201420 Jun 2014

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Business Information Processing
Volume178 LNBIP
ISSN (Print)1865-1348

Conference

Conference26th International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering, CAiSE 2014
CountryGreece
CityThessaloniki
Period16/06/1420/06/14

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