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Systems 2018, 6(2), 12; https://doi.org/10.3390/systems6020012

Reflections on Teaching System Dynamics Modeling to Secondary School Students for over 20 Years

System Science Ph.D. Program, Portland State University, Portland, OR 97201, USA
Received: 21 February 2018 / Revised: 11 April 2018 / Accepted: 11 April 2018 / Published: 18 April 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Theory and Practice in System Dynamics Modelling)
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This paper contains the description of a successful system dynamics (SD) modeling approach used for almost a quarter-century in secondary schools, both in algebra classes and in a year-long SD modeling course. Secondary school students have demonstrated an ability to build original models from the news, write technical papers explaining their models, and present a newfound understanding of dynamic feedback behavior to an audience. The educational learning theory and instructional methods used for both the algebra and modeling courses are detailed, with examples. Successful student SD modeling experiences suggest the SD approach can expand the sophistication of topics that secondary school students can understand. View Full-Text
Keywords: pre-college systems modeling; system dynamics; deeper learning; complex systems; student-centered learning. pre-college systems modeling; system dynamics; deeper learning; complex systems; student-centered learning.
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