Award Date

12-2007

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Environmental Science

Department

Environmental Science

First Committee Member

Dr. Krystyna Stave, Examination Committee Chair, Professor of Environmental Studies, University of Nevada Las Vegas

Number of Pages

68

Abstract

This paper presents an analysis of systems thinking interventions in educational settings. Although these interventions have been implemented in K-12 classrooms since the mid 1980s, there is still no clear definition of systems thinking or identification of the best method to test the effectiveness of interventions or methods for teaching systems thinking The goal of this paper is to answer the question: how do we assess the effectiveness of systems thinking interventions in education? In order to answer this question, I had to address the following sub questions: (1) what is systems thinking, (2) what systems thinking interventions are being used in education, and (3) how have the effect of interventions been measured? The purpose of answering these questions was to propose methods for assessing systems thinking interventions. Through analysis of systems thinking interventions in the classroom, I derived guidelines for measuring and raising a person’s level of systems thinking.

Keywords

Educational evaluation; Elementary school teaching; Middle school teaching; High school teaching; Teaching methodology

Disciplines

Curriculum and Instruction | Education

Language

English


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