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Graczyk, Sandra L. – School Business Affairs, 1993
An introduction to general systems theory and an overview of vocabulary and concepts are presented to introduce school business officials to systems thinking and to foster its use as an analytical tool. The theory is then used to analyze a sample problem: planning changes to a district's administrative computer system. (eight references) (MLF)
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Input Output Analysis, Models
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Peery, Newman S., Jr. – Journal of Management Studies, 1975
Considers the limitations of General Systems Theory (GST) as a major paradigm within administrative theory and concludes that most systems formulations overemphasize growth and show little appreciation for intraorganizational conflict, diversity of values, and political action within organizations. Suggests that these limitations are mainly due to…
Descriptors: Conceptual Schemes, Literature Reviews, Models, Organizational Climate
Salisbury, David F. – Educational Technology, 1989
Describes basic concepts in the field of general systems theory (GST) and explains the relationship between instructional systems design (ISD) and GST. Benefits of integrating GST into the curriculum of ISD graduate programs are discussed, and a short bibliography on GST is included. (LRW)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Graduate Students, Higher Education, Instructional Design
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Matthews, Charles O. – Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 1992
Demonstrates the compatibility of General System Theory (GST) with the traditional counseling literature in explicating a therapy group's progression through Tuckman's (1965, 1977) developmental stages (forming, storming, norming, performing, and adjourning). Description uses both traditional group literature and GST concepts. (Author/NB)
Descriptors: Counseling Theories, Group Therapy, Theory Practice Relationship
Smulowitz, Stacy – ProQuest LLC, 2014
This dissertation examined the introduction and implementation of an organizational Dashboard as a planned organizational change within four educational support service departments and the senior leadership group within a large, Northeastern university. General systems theory provides a theoretical framework for conceptualizing planned…
Descriptors: Organizational Change, Higher Education, Stakeholders, Case Studies
Miller, James G. – 1970
General systems theory is a set of related definitions, assumptions, and propositions which deal with reality as an integrated hierarchy of organizations of matter and energy. In this paper, the author defines the concepts of space, time, matter, energy, and information in terms of their meaning in general systems theory. He defines a system as a…
Descriptors: Educational Development, Educational Planning, Educational Technology, Systems Analysis
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Gulyaev, Sergei A.; Stonyer, Heather R. – International Journal of Science Education, 2002
Develops an integrated approach based on the use of general systems theory (GST) and the concept of 'mapping' scientific knowledge to provide students with tools for a more holistic understanding of science. Uses GST as the core methodology for understanding science and its complexity. Discusses the role of scientific community in producing…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Concept Mapping, Higher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Gilliland, Martha W.; Gilliland, J. Richard – Planning for Higher Education, 1978
Three principles of general systems theory are presented and systems theory is distinguished from systems analysis. The principles state that all systems tend to become more disorderly, that they must be diverse in order to be stable, and that only those maximizing their resource utilization for doing useful work will survive. (Author/LBH)
Descriptors: College Administration, College Planning, Higher Education, Systems Approach
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Chen, David; Stroup, Walter – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 1993
Suggests using general system theory as a unifying theoretical framework for science and technology education for all. Five reasons are articulated: the multidisciplinary nature of systems theory, the ability to engage complexity, the capacity to describe system dynamics, the ability to represent the relationship between microlevel and…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Science Curriculum, Science Education
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Vos, Hans J. – Computers and Education, 1994
Describes the construction of a model of computer-assisted instruction using a qualitative block diagram based on general systems theory (GST) as a framework. Subject matter representation is discussed, and appendices include system variables and system equations of the GST model, as well as an example of developing flexible courseware. (Contains…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software Development, Courseware, Models
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Nelsen, Judith C. – Journal of Education for Social Work, 1972
General systems theory may be of special use to social work as a teaching tool to organize knowledge more quickly for the student. (Editor)
Descriptors: Caseworker Approach, Educational Improvement, Higher Education, Social Work
Smith, Michael J. – ProQuest LLC, 2012
In higher education there exists a growing concern about the potential for student cheating in online programs. At the same time, online nursing programs are increasing in number. While there is clarity about how educators perceive and experience a lack of student integrity, there is little clarity about how educators define and experience the…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Nursing Education, Integrity, Online Courses
Sinnott, Jan D. – 1987
This paper discusses the utility of a general systems theory paradigm for psychology. The paradigm can be used for conceptualizing such complex phenomena as change over time in living systems, person-society interactions, and the epistemology of multiply determined changes. Consideration is also given to applications of the approach to…
Descriptors: Aging (Individuals), Cognitive Development, Cognitive Processes, Developmental Psychology
Niyomkar, Srimana – ProQuest LLC, 2012
During the past years, computer and information technology has been rapidly integrated into the education and healthcare fields. In the 21st century, computers are more powerful than ever, and are used in all aspects of nursing, including education, practice, policy, and research. Consequently, student nurses will need to utilize computer…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Nursing Students, Competence, Computer Literacy
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Camporesi, Roberto – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2011
We present an approach to the impulsive response method for solving linear constant-coefficient ordinary differential equations based on the factorization of the differential operator. The approach is elementary, we only assume a basic knowledge of calculus and linear algebra. In particular, we avoid the use of distribution theory, as well as of…
Descriptors: Equations (Mathematics), Calculus, Algebra, Mathematical Logic
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