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Linking Research and Teaching: an Applied Soft Systems Methodology Case Study

Holland, L. and Garfield, Joy (2016) Linking Research and Teaching: an Applied Soft Systems Methodology Case Study. International Journal of Information Technologies and Systems Approach, 9 (2). pp. 23-38. ISSN Print 1935-570X Online 1935-5718

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This paper links research and teaching through an applied Soft Systems Methodology case study. The case study focuses on the redevelopment of a Research and Professional Skills module to provide support for international postgraduate students through the use of formative feedback with the aim of increasing academic research skills and confidence. The stages of the Soft Systems Methodology were used as a structure for the redevelopment of module content and assessment. It proved to be a valuable tool for identifying complex issues, a basis for discussion and debate from which an enhanced understanding was gained and a successful solution implemented together with a case study that could be utilised for teaching Soft Systems Methodology concepts. Changes to the module were very successful and resulted in significantly higher grades and a higher pass rate.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: soft systems methodology, systems thinking, international students, formative feedback, research skills, postgraduate, information systems, information technology, scaffolding
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LF Individual institutions (Europe)
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > Worcester Business School
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Depositing User: Joy Garfield
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2016 08:23
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:09

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