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Rosenkränzer, Frank; Hörsch, Christian; Schuler, Stephan; Riess, Werner – International Journal of Science Education, 2017
Systems' thinking has become increasingly relevant not only in education for sustainable development but also in everyday life. Even if teachers know the dynamics and complexity of living systems in biology and geography, they might not be able to effectively explain it to students. Teachers need an understanding of systems and their behaviour…
Descriptors: Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Intervention, Sustainable Development, Foreign Countries
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Chiu, Mei-Hung; Mamlok-Naman, Rachel; Apotheker, Jan – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
Chemistry plays an important role in developing scientific theories to describe, explain, and predict the physical world and to produce useful products for improving quality of life throughout history. To arouse student awareness of the value and importance of learning chemistry and becoming chemistry literate, we propose an application of systems…
Descriptors: Systems Approach, Chemistry, Academic Standards, Science Education
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Eaton, Andrew C.; Delaney, Seamus; Schultz, Madeleine – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
We report here a teacher action research project in which a Systems Thinking approach was implemented into a 15 h Depth Study for students in their final year of secondary chemistry. Students were introduced to the concept of Systems Thinking and the use of systems maps, along with the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Systems Approach, Secondary School Science
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Blatti, Jillian L.; Garcia, John; Cave, Danyal; Monge, Felix; Cuccinello, Anthony; Portillo, Jennifer; Juarez, Betsy; Chan, Ellen; Schwebel, Frieda – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
Systems thinking, interdisciplinary research projects, and creative problem solving are ways to frame modern chemistry curricula to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, teachers, and citizens to use their skills and education to create a sustainable future. By integrating planetary boundaries, green chemistry, and the UN…
Descriptors: Systems Approach, Science Education, Outreach Programs, Sustainability
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Cox, Marjolein; Elen, Jan; Steegen, An – Journal of Geography, 2019
Increasing interconnectedness of people and goods enhances the complexity of geographical problems. For students to understand geography, systems thinking--and in this context, the use of causal diagrams--is a promising approach. A quasi-experimental design is used in which the systems thinking ability of students working with causal diagrams is…
Descriptors: Causal Models, Concept Mapping, Visual Aids, Systems Approach
Ndaruhutse, Susy; Jones, Charlotte; Riggall, Anna – Education Development Trust, 2019
This report focuses on systems thinking and its place in education transformation. It reflects on key published literature and on specific outputs from the Education Development Trust's own programme of research. The report offers an overview of the evolution of systems thinking and the relevance for policymakers and practitioners as they tackle…
Descriptors: Systems Approach, Educational Change, Policy Formation, Educational Improvement
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Kornfeld, Jeannie; Stokoe, Scott – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
Chemistry education has an important role in creating a sustainable path forward for humanity. By connecting chemistry education to a fuller understanding of the world, citizens and scientists will be more effective in addressing the coming complex challenges. This article presents a new approach to introducing high school chemistry that links to…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Systems Approach, Scientific Literacy, Secondary School Science
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Chen, Ya-Chun; Wilson, Kimberley; Lin, Huann-shyang – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2019
Systems thinking has been an educational priority for more than a decade, yet its related assessment and teaching strategies have been understudied in the chemistry education research community. Through the lens of systems thinking, this study explores how undergraduate students connect and translate their conceptual representations when they are…
Descriptors: College Science, Chemistry, Problem Solving, Systems Approach
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Benoliel, Pascale; Shaked, Haim; Nadav, Nechama; Schechter, Chen – Journal of Educational Administration, 2019
Purpose: Today's educational complexities require principals to adopt a more systemic perspective toward school management. Although research has emphasized the benefits associated with the holistic perspective of systems thinking, research in the educational field has been limited. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the mediating role of…
Descriptors: Principals, Systems Approach, Elementary Schools, Foreign Countries
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Akcaoglu, Mete; Green, Lucy Santos – Educational Technology Research and Development, 2019
In this mixed-methods study, we examined if students benefitted from a game design course offered during an enrichment hour in terms of gains in their system analysis and design skills. Students at a rural middle school in Southeast US (n = 19) attended a 1-hour game design course offered weekly during an academic enrichment class period, for the…
Descriptors: Systems Approach, Computer Games, Design, Rural Schools
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Lee, Tammy; Jones, M. Gail; Glass, Bonnie; Chesnutt, Katherine – AERA Online Paper Repository, 2016
National elementary science standards have included the teaching of systems for decades, however little is known about teachers' understanding of complex systems. This study focuses on how elementary pre- and in-service teachers understand and apply "systems thinking" to the water cycle. Teachers completed the Water Cycle Diagnosis Test…
Descriptors: Systems Approach, Water, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Teachers
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Yurtseven, M. Kudret; Buchanan, Walter W. – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2016
Decision making in most universities is taught within the conventional OR/MS (Operations Research/Management Science) paradigm. This paradigm is known to be "hard" since it is consisted of mathematical tools, and normally suitable for solving structured problems. In complex situations the conventional OR/MS paradigm proves to be…
Descriptors: Decision Making, Models, Industrial Education, Engineering Education
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Listyawardani, Dwi; Hariastuti, Iswari – International Journal of Evaluation and Research in Education, 2016
Systems thinking is needed due to the growing complexity of the problems faced family planning field workers in the external environment that is constantly changing. System thinking ability could not be separated from efforts to develop learning for the workers, both learning at the individual, group, or organization level. The design of the study…
Descriptors: Systems Approach, Thinking Skills, Family Planning, Skill Development
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de Sousa, Luiza Olim; Hay, Emerentia Antoinette; Liebenberg, Danica – International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 2019
Teachers play a role in promoting teaching and learning strategies to address the complexity of concepts. Systems thinking is a strategy for achieving meaningful learning. Doubt exists over the extent to which the latter has been converted into appropriate classroom practice at under-resourced rural schools in one province in South Africa. This…
Descriptors: Climate, Soil Science, Systems Approach, Concept Mapping
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Nagarajan, Subhalakshmi; Overton, Tina – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
With a growing number of global challenges related to the environment, water, public health, and energy, there is an imminent need to teach chemistry in the context of its interconnectedness with other systems. Project- and problem-based learning are student-centered learning approaches which offer educators the opportunity to engage learners in…
Descriptors: Systems Approach, Active Learning, Student Projects, Problem Based Learning
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