Special Issue "The Systems Thinking Approach to Materials Science Education"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.
Interests: nanochemistry; solar energy; catalysis; chemistry education; science communication
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Interests: sol-gel materials; nanochemistry; infrared spectroscopy; bioeconomy; aerogels
Systems thinking is rapidly emerging as a novel and fruitful approach to science education. Numerous recent studies in science education testify to this trend.
Extending the systems thinking approach to education in materials science has substantial benefits, especially in light of the key relevance of materials science in today’s global society.
The purpose of the present Special Issue is simple: to present the advantages and the opportunities for improving education in materials science and technology by adopting a systems view through the contributions of leading scholars teaching materials science across the world.
Systems thinking is widely and increasingly applied in chemistry, biology, medicine, earth sciences, and engineering education. We believe it will be particularly fruitful in materials science, as the latter has an intrinsic interdisciplinary nature which naturally fits with the systems thinking approach.
Furthermore, systems thinking is of paramount importance to improve the way that universities attempting to attract bright students deliver educational services.
Finally, publishing new ideas and methods in this important domain of science education in an open access format will further enhance the benefits of this themed Special Issue, whose articles will be accessible at no cost to scholars of all countries on a highly visible research communication platform.Dr. Mario Pagliaro
Prof. Dr. Laura M. Ilharco
Manuscript Submission Information
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- systems thinking
- materials science
- STEM education
- science education sustainability