Abstract for: Exploring the Behavior of Teachers and Students on the School Performance, Seen Through the Eyes of System Dynamics.
This research uses the System Dynamics methodology to explore how the behavior of teachers and students influences the performance of schools. The simulated models reflect the behavior of students and teachers of different types, as well as other variables on the observed performance outcomes of schools. It is assumed that the mechanisms which the model simulates have some similarity to the actual causal mechanisms at play when test performance is measured. The model’s behavior is explored to investigate the effects of different variables, initial conditions and causal relationships. Data collected from the literature survey and in-depth interviews are used as input for the development of these models. Conclusions drawn from the model can be used by the education department to suggest potentially successful interventions for policy change and school governance.