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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2013, Article ID 298621, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/298621
Research Article

A Study of Developing a System Dynamics Model for the Learning Effectiveness Evaluation

1Department of Information Management, Yu Da University of Science and Technology, Miaoli 36143, Taiwan
2Center for General Education and Core Curriculum, Tamkang University, New Taipei City 25137, Taiwan
3Department of Leisure Recreation and Travel Management, Toko University, Chiayi 61363, Taiwan

Received 15 September 2013; Accepted 14 October 2013

Academic Editor: Teen-Hang Meen

Copyright © 2013 Tian-Syung Lan et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This study used the research method of system dynamics and applied the Vensim software to develop a learning effectiveness evaluation model. This study developed four cause-and-effect chains affecting learning effectiveness, including teachers’ teaching enthusiasm, family involvement, school’s implementation of scientific activities, and creative teaching method, as well as the system dynamics model based on the four cause-and-effect chains. Based on the developed system dynamic model, this study performed simulation to investigate the relationship among family involvement, learning effectiveness, teaching achievement, creative teaching method, and students’ learning interest. The results of this study verified that there are positive correlations between family involvement and students’ learning effectiveness, as well as students’ learning effectiveness and teachers’ teaching achievements. The results also indicated that the use of creative teaching method is able to increase students’ learning interest and learning achievement.