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Gilbert, Lisa A.; Gross, Deborah S.; Kreutz, Karl J. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2019
Grand challenges such as energy, water, and food scarcity limit our growing population's ability to live sustainably on Earth. Such complex societal challenges, which interconnect many human and natural systems, will require today's students to apply approaches that go beyond simple cause and effect. To help instructors teach students how to…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Thinking Skills, Teaching Methods, Educational Technology
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Mahaffy, Peter G.; Matlin, Stephen A.; Whalen, J. Marc; Holme, Thomas A. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
The flow of materials and energy through society is an integral but poorly visible element of global sustainability agendas such as the Planetary Boundaries Framework and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG). Given that the primary activities of chemistry are to analyze, synthesize, and transform matter, the practice of chemistry has a…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, College Science, Chemistry, Molecular Structure
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Shaked, Haim; Schechter, Chen – International Journal of Leadership in Education, 2019
School principals' decisions are made within the complex organizations called schools. This study explored how systems thinking is reflected in principals' perceptions about their decision-making processes. Based on a qualitative analysis of interviews and focus groups, principals' descriptions of their own effective decision-making reflected…
Descriptors: Systems Approach, School Administration, Principals, Decision Making
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Mammino, Liliana – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
Systems thinking is currently envisaged as a useful educational approach to teaching about sustainability (including green chemistry education) because of the high number of interrelated factors involved and the need of learners to acquire the ability to identify all of the factors and their relationships. After recalling the way in which key…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Sustainability, Systems Approach, Science Activities
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Salado, Alejandro; Chowdhury, Ahsan Habib; Norton, Anderson – School Science and Mathematics, 2019
Problem solving lies at the core of engineering and remains central in school mathematics. Word problems are a traditional instructional mechanism for learning how to apply mathematics to solving problems. Word problems are formulated so that a student can identify data relevant to the question asked and choose a set of mathematical operations…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving, Word Problems (Mathematics)
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Orgill, MaryKay; York, Sarah; MacKellar, Jennifer – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
Within recent history, both science research and science education have been largely reductionist in perspective. While the reductionist approach has resulted in a significant increase in our knowledge of the natural world and in great technological advances, it is not sufficient for addressing global world challenges, such as sustainability,…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Systems Approach, Scientific Research
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Cox, Marjolein; Elen, Jan; Steegen, An – International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 2019
An increasing interconnectedness of people and goods enhances the complexity of many geographical problems. For students to understand geography, systems thinking is a promising approach. It helps to understand increasing complexity by looking at the entire system and at the interconnectedness between the elements in the system. In order to…
Descriptors: Systems Approach, High School Students, Geography Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Stanfield, Erin; Slown, Corin D.; Sedlacek, Quentin; Worcester, Suzanne E. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2022
Course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) introduce research leading to skills acquisition and increased persistence in the major. CUREs generate enthusiasm and interest in doing science and serve as an intervention to increase equity and participation of historically marginalized students. In the second-semester laboratory of our…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Undergraduate Students, Research Training
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Junior, Wilian Gatti; Kim, Beaumie; Liu, Liping; Lai, Xingru – International Journal of Designs for Learning, 2020
In this paper, we discuss our approach to designing a board game, the Green Economy, that promotes systems thinking. We anchored our game design process on design-by-analogy and rapid prototyping concepts by taking a modular approach to overcome the trade-off between realism and simplicity. The unique feature of the Green Economy enables players…
Descriptors: Systems Approach, Sustainable Development, Conservation (Environment), Ecology
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Aubrecht, Katherine B.; Dori, Yehudit Judy; Holme, Thomas A.; Lavi, Rea; Matlin, Stephen A.; Orgill, MaryKay; Skaza-Acosta, Heather – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
One challenge associated with introducing systems thinking in chemistry classrooms is the increase in content complexity that students face when they engage in this type of approach. Placing core chemical ideas within larger systems has promise, as long as students are not overwhelmed by the added complexity. Although there are many potential…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Chemistry, Teaching Methods, Educational Technology
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Dhukaram, Anandhi Vivekanandan; Sgouropoulou, Cleo; Feldman, Gerald; Amini, Ardavan – European Journal of Engineering Education, 2018
The purpose of this paper is to highlight the complexities involved in higher education provision and how systems thinking and socio-technical systems (STS) thinking approach can be used to understand the education ecosystem. Systems thinking perspective is provided using two case studies: the development of European Learner Mobility (EuroLM)…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Higher Education, Systems Approach, Delivery Systems
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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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Aubrecht, Katherine B.; Bourgeois, Marie; Brush, Edward J.; MacKellar, Jennifer; Wissinger, Jane E. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
Chemistry educators have a responsibility to teach students about the essential role the field of chemistry has in a sustainable future for the planet. Chemical products, such as pharmaceuticals, plastics, electronics, agrochemicals, and building materials, all benefit society yet unintended consequences resulting from the production and use of…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Sustainability, Systems Approach, College Science
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Schuler, Stephan; Fanta, Daniela; Rosenkraenzer, Frank; Riess, Werner – Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 2018
Systems thinking is regarded as a key competence in the field of education for sustainable development (ESD), because it helps students to understand the complexity and dynamics of natural, social and economic systems. In our research group, we developed a competence model that distinguishes four dimensions of systems thinking in ESD. Based on…
Descriptors: Systems Approach, Sustainable Development, Heuristics, Science Education
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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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