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