Addressing Curriculum Standards in Teaching Analytical and Problem Solving Skills in K-12 Classrooms Using Unified Modeling Language (UML)

By Jan Bergandy and Curtis Davidson.

Published by The Learner Collection

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The paper describes addressing curriculum standards in the context of a large multi-phase project of using Unified Modeling Language (UML) in teaching analytical and problem solving skills to K-12 students. This problem of inadequate analytical and problem solving skills is well recognized and has a negative impact on the success rates of students at all levels of education across all subject areas. In the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) areas where strong analytical and problem solving skills are absolutely critical, the severity of the problem is described as a crisis. The project addresses the problem by using Unified Modeling Language (UML) technology to aid the teaching/learning process at K-12 levels. The choice of UML is justified by its immense relevance to problem solving, its proven track record as an analysis and design (problem solving) technology in software engineering and by availability of intuitive, easy-to-use tools appropriate for K-12 students. The wider scope of this work concerns the use of graphical representation of information to aid teaching and learning.

Keywords: Problem Solving, Analytical Skills, Technology and Learning, Modeling, Curriculum Standards

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 12, pp.95-104. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 715.670KB).

Jan Bergandy

Professor, Computer Science Department, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, No. Dartmouth, Massachusetts, USA

Dr. Jan Bergandy is a Professor of Computer Science and the Director of Computer Science Graduate Program in the College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He has received his Ph.D. from the Technical University of Poznan, Poland in 1980. For the past ten years he has been involved in promoting object technology and the graphical modeling in software engineering through academia and industry. Currently he is working on a project using Unified Modeling Language (UML) as a tool in teaching problem solving skills to K-12 students.

Curtis Davidson

Graduate Student, Computer Science Department, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, No. Dartmouth, Massachusetts, USA

Curtis Davidson received his Bachelor Degree in Computer Science in 2005 from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He is currently employed in the software industry and is finishing his Master’s Degree in Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

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