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Bathtub dynamics revisited: disclosing traces of déformation professionelle in higher education : version 1.0

  • It is assumed that more education leads to better understanding of complex systems. Some researchers claim, however, find indications that simple mechanisms like stocks and flows are not well understood even by people who have passed higher education. In this paper, we test people’s understanding of complex systems with the widely studied stock-and-flow (SF) tasks (Booth Sweeney and Sterman 2000). SF tasks assess people’s understanding of the interplay between stocks and flows. We investigate SF failure of domain experts and novices in different knowledge domains. In particular, we compare performance on the original study’s Bathtub task with the square wave pattern (Booth Sweeney and Sterman 2000) with two alternative cover stories from the engineering and business domains on different groups of business and engineering students from different semesters. Further, we show that, while engineering students perform better than business students, with progressing in higher education, students seem to lose the capability of dealing with simple SF tasks from domains other than their field. We thus find hints on déformation professionelle in higher education.

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Author of HS ReutlingenKapmeier, Florian
Erschienen in:34th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society 2016 : Delft, Netherlands, 17-21 July 2016
Publisher:Curran Associates
Place of publication:Red Hook, NY
Document Type:Conference proceeding
Publication year:2016
Page Number:29
First Page:1
Last Page:29
DDC classes:150 Psychologie
Open access?:Nein