Effects of simulation on novices' understanding of the concept of inheritance in conceptual modeling
KeywordsTeaching conceptual modeling
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AbstractIn this paper we present our experience in the experimental development and use of simulation instrument for learning object-oriented conceptual modeling in a master level course on analysis and design of information systems. The focus of our research is on the teaching of one particular topic in object-oriented conceptual modeling - inheritance. The results from the pilot experimental study (with a student sample N = 32), demonstrate a positive effect of simulation-based learning method on the understanding by novice business analysts of the concept of inheritance when applied in a conceptual model.