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Data Modeling: A Vehicle for Teaching Creative Problem Solving and Critical Appraisal Skills

Data Modeling: A Vehicle for Teaching Creative Problem Solving and Critical Appraisal Skills
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Author(s): Clare Atkins (Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, New Zealand)
Copyright: 2002
Pages: 15
Source title: Challenges of Information Technology Education in the 21st Century
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Eli B. Cohen (Leon Kozminski Academy of Entrepreneurship & Management, Poland and Informing Science Institute, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-34-1.ch003

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Abstract

Despite extensive changes in technology and methodology, anecdotal and empirical evidence (e.g., Davis et al., 1997) consistently suggests that communication and problem-solving skills are fundamental to the success of an IT professional. As two of the most valued skills in an IT graduate, they should be essential components of an effective education program, regardless of changes in student population or delivery mechanisms. While most educators would concur with this view, significantly more emphasis is generally placed on teaching the tools and techniques that students will require in their future careers, and a corresponding amount of energy is expended in attempting to identify what those tools and techniques might be. In contrast, successful problem solving is often seen either as an inherent capability that some students already possess or as a skill that some will magically acquire during the course of their studies.

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