Overview and Insights from ‘Systems Education for a Sustainable Planet’
AbstractAn announcement by Bosch and Cavana, in Systems, called for new papers to provide updated perspectives about and fresh insights into developments that influence ‘systems education for a sustainable planet’. This paper’s objective is to provide an overview of the 14 papers that were published in the special issue, and present some insights and findings from their content. It does this by classifying the papers into five distinct themes, then analysing their content and the linkages between the themes. This process revealed that: (1) Specialised systems education at a tertiary level is predominantly at graduate level, using a diverse range of approaches; and (2) Delivering specialised systems education remains a challenge for programs that endeavour to provide an integrated and interdisciplinary learning experience. Barriers include current institutional structures and the need for students to be both big picture thinkers and detail-oriented technocrats; (3) Teaching systems approaches outside of specialised programs for students (both young and mature) help to expose systems thinking to a wider demographic; (4) The strong links that exist between systems approaches and sustainability goals are increasingly being recognised. Systems education can help transition towards a sustainable planet, as it helps people appreciate that individual actions are not isolated events but contribute to an interconnected system that determines both the well-being of humans and the planet. View Full-Text
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Cavana, R.Y.; Forgie, V.E. Overview and Insights from ‘Systems Education for a Sustainable Planet’. Systems 2018, 6, 5.
Cavana RY, Forgie VE. Overview and Insights from ‘Systems Education for a Sustainable Planet’. Systems. 2018; 6(1):5.Chicago/Turabian Style
Cavana, Robert Y.; Forgie, Vicky E. 2018. "Overview and Insights from ‘Systems Education for a Sustainable Planet’." Systems 6, no. 1: 5.
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