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ERIC Number: EJ1051703
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2168-8273
Assessing an Introduction to Systems Thinking
Monroe, Martha C.; Plate, Richard R.; Colley, Lara
Natural Sciences Education, v44 n1 p11-17 Jan 2015
This research study investigated the learning outcomes of a brief systems thinking intervention at the undergraduate level. A pre/post experimental design (n = 50) was used to address two primary questions: (1) Can a brief introduction to systems thinking improve students' understanding of systems thinking? and (2) Which teaching method (of two) works best under such time constraints? Participants were divided into three groups: control, lecture only, and model demonstration. Test results suggest that both lecture-only and model-manipulation groups increased their understanding of systems thinking slightly over the control group, but showed no significant difference between each other. Results from focus groups conducted 3 months after the intervention suggest that model-manipulation participants may have been more successful than lecture-only participants at incorporating systems thinking into their own mental models to understand an ecological system.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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