oa South African Journal of Information Management - Technological stages in the system development life cycle: an application to Web page design

Volume 2 Number 2
  • ISSN : 2078-1865
  • E-ISSN: 1560-683X



The purpose of this research was to explore the application of the methodology of instructional programme development based on technological stages in information system design. The growth of use of mind tools has put thinking skills in the focus of teaching practice but there is still a need for the innovation of more effective instructional strategies. This has re-emphasized the importance of developing an instructional programme with the innovative structure of technological stages. Some of criteria used to set up the programme emerged from research literature on complex thinking, mind tools, learning theories and instructional strategies. This article argues that it is now time to place more emphasis on in-depth research on the technological stages and their implications for information system design. In much the same way that technology education needs information systems, it is also imperative that information systems include the study of technological problem solving and its stages. A convergence of disciplines is necessary, if the field of information systems is to be examined in its widest dimensions.

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