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Can people learn behaviours of stock and flow using their ability to calculate running total? An experimental study

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dc.contributor.author Phuah, Tony
dc.date.accessioned 2010-09-14T08:01:44Z
dc.date.available 2010-09-14T08:01:44Z
dc.date.issued 2010-06-01
dc.date.submitted 2010-06-01 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1956/4171
dc.description.abstract Stock and flow is basis of dynamics. Understanding of stock and flow is crucial in comprehending and managing problems such as global warming and national debt. Yet previous experimental studies discovered that people performed poorly in simple stock-flow tasks. However, many do have notion of accumulation in terms of calculating running total. Here a pre-test-treatment-post-test experiment was designed to test the hypothesis that people's understanding of stock and flow behaviours will improve after asking them to verify their expected behaviour using running total calculation and reflect if their expected behaviour was wrong. Comparisons with conventional approach to teach stock and flow dynamics and without teaching were also done, to my knowledge, the first time in controlled experiment. Results show that improvement is not significant; the hypothesis lacks support. On the other hand, conventional approach obtains significant improvement. Possible explanations of the results and their implications for education on dynamics, communication of complex dynamic problems and policy insights are discussed. en
dc.format.extent 1865053 bytes en
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso eng en
dc.publisher The University of Bergen en
dc.rights Copyright the author. All rights reserved en
dc.subject Stocks and flows en
dc.subject Accumulation en
dc.subject Graphical integration en
dc.subject Stock-Flow-Thinking en
dc.subject System Dynamics education en
dc.subject Misperceptions of dynamics en
dc.subject Dynamic complexity en
dc.subject Dynamic decision making en
dc.title Can people learn behaviours of stock and flow using their ability to calculate running total? An experimental study en
dc.type Master thesis
dc.type.degree Master en
dc.type.course GEO-SD350 en
dc.subject.nsi VDP::Samfunnsvitenskap: 200::Økonomi: 210 en
dc.rightsHolder The author en
dc.subject.archivecode Mastergrad
dc.subject.nus 753907
dc.type.program MASV-SYSDY


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