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Roychoudhury, Anita; Shepardson, Daniel P.; Hirsch, Andrew; Niyogi, Devdutta; Mehta, Jignesh; Top, Sara – Science Educator, 2017
Research related to teaching climate change, system thinking, current reform in science education, and the research on reform-oriented assessment indicate that we need to explore student understanding in greater detail instead of only testing for an incremental gain in disciplinary knowledge. Using open-ended items we assessed details in student…
Descriptors: Systems Approach, Climate, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices
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Willis, Cameron D.; Best, Allan; Riley, Barbara; Herbert, Carol P.; Millar, John; Howland, David – Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, 2014
Incremental approaches to introducing change in Canada's health systems have not sufficiently improved the quality of services and outcomes. Further progress requires 'large system transformation', considered to be the systematic effort to generate coordinated change across organisations sharing a common vision and goal. This essay draws on…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Health Services, Change Strategies, Systems Approach
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Miller, Robin Lin – American Journal of Evaluation, 2016
To help evaluation professionals better understand what an authentic attempt at Developmental Evaluation (DE) ought to look like and when it is appropriate to use, Michael Patton's provocative essay (this issue) offers evaluators eight sensitizing concepts to call on as guides. Patton states these concepts succinctly define DE and persuasively…
Descriptors: Evaluation, Systems Approach, Evaluators, Innovation
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Garavito-Bermúdez, Diana; Lundholm, Cecilia; Crona, Beatrice – Environmental Education Research, 2016
This paper addresses a systemic approach for the study of fishers' ecological knowledge in order to describe fishers' ways of knowing and dealing with complexity in ecosystems, and discusses how knowledge is generated through, e.g. apprenticeship, experiential knowledge, and testing of hypotheses. The description and analysis of fishers'…
Descriptors: Guidelines, Systems Approach, Employees, Knowledge Level
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Abdyrova, Aitzhan; Galiyev, Temir; Yessekeshova, Maral; Aldabergenova, Saule; Alshynbayeva, Zhuldyz – International Journal of Environmental and Science Education, 2016
The article focuses on the issue of shaping learners' systems thinking skills in the context of traditional education using specially elaborated system methods that are implemented based on the standard textbook. Applying these methods naturally complements the existing learning process and contributes to an efficient development of learners'…
Descriptors: Systems Approach, Learning Processes, Competition, Teaching Methods
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Shaked, Haim; Schechter, Chen – NASSP Bulletin, 2016
As instructional leadership involves attempts to understand and improve complex systems, this study explored principals' perceptions regarding possible contributions of systems thinking to instructional leadership. Based on a qualitative analysis, systems thinking was perceived by middle and high school principals to contribute to the following…
Descriptors: Systems Approach, Instructional Leadership, Holistic Approach, Principals
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Marchildon, Gregory P.; Fletcher, Amber J. – Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, 2016
The ability to think in terms of a system is critical to achieving common direction, alignment, and commitment in highly distributed health systems. In Canada, provincial and territorial ministries of health provide leadership on the direction of health reform while leadership to align system levels is determined by a far more distributed group of…
Descriptors: Systems Approach, Health Services, Leadership Effectiveness, Conflict
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Lavi, Rea; Dori, Yehudit Judy – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
Systems thinking is an important skill in science and engineering education. Our study objectives were (1) to create the basis for a systems thinking language common to both science education and engineering education, and (2) to apply this language to assess science and engineering teachers' systems thinking. We administered two assignments to…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Systems Approach, Science Education, Language Usage
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Lally, Diane; Forbes, Cory T.; McNeal, Karen S.; Soltis, Nicholas A. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2019
Scientific modeling and systems thinking (SMST) is central to the geosciences, yet few studies have documented how and to what extent undergraduate geoscience courses emphasize SMST, as well as factors that might help explain or predict these trends. Here, we present research based on data (n = 2056) from the most recent (2016) administration of…
Descriptors: National Surveys, Teacher Surveys, Science Teachers, Earth Science
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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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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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Raath, Schalk; Hay, Anette – Journal of Geography, 2019
Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is a cross-curricular approach that needs to be accommodated in all subjects in the training of students as recommended by UNESCO. This South African case study of preservice geography students is presented for the purpose of understanding how they experienced systems thinking and a cooperative teaching…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Geography Instruction, Teaching Methods, Sustainable Development
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Sabah, Somayyeh – Advances in Language and Literary Studies, 2018
The present study considered the definitions of and differences between the concepts of task, exercise, and drill in the related literature on L2 practices. The concept of task has been commonly differentiated from the exercise and drill with respect to certain criteria. Task is, in the main, meaning-based, goal-oriented, and purposeful with a…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Usage, Goal Orientation
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Mette, Ian M.; Riegel, Lisa – Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 2018
This case was written to encourage educators to reflect on what it means to provide high-quality instructional supervision in an era of accountability when the American public education system is heavily influenced by reform efforts that affect how students learn and how teachers are supported as instructors, and pressures school systems face to…
Descriptors: Leadership Effectiveness, Educational Change, Instructional Effectiveness, Accountability
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Tripto, Jaklin; Assaraf, Orit Ben Zvi; Amit, Miriam – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2018
The goal of this study was to identify and understand the mental models developed by 67 high school biology students as they learn about the human body as a complex system. Using concept maps, it sought to find an external way of representing how students organize their ideas about the human body system in their minds. We conducted a qualitative…
Descriptors: High School Students, Biology, Human Body, Cognitive Structures
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