Dynamic concept analysis

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1 Definition

“The basic idea in DCA is to bring together information and data considered central in understanding a particular phenomenon, so that the structure serves as a source of information for various kinds of conceptual analysis (Kontiainen 2002)7. The method is based on the definition of central concepts and their relationships. The concepts and their relations are depicted in individual conceptual models, which can be defined as influence diagrams or systems maps. .... Each model gives a hypothesis of how different things are likely to become related in a real-life situation or process. Conceptual models may be considered structured simplifications of a reality, and hypothetical structures of actual life. They could serve as a basis for deeper analysis of behaviour or a phenomenon.” (Konrad, 2005: 9).

2 References

Konrad, John (2005), PDF, retrieved 13:10, 7 September 2006 (MEST).

  • Kontiainen, S. (ed.) 2002. Dynamic Concept Analysis (DCA). Integrating Information in Conceptual Models. University of Helsinki, Department of Education.