Special Issue "The Systems Thinking Approach to Science Education"

A special issue of Education Sciences (ISSN 2227-7102). This special issue belongs to the section "STEM Education".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 June 2022) | Viewed by 2034

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Mario Pagliaro
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Sicily's Solar Pole and Istituto per lo Studio dei Materiali Nanostrutturati, CNR, via U. La Malfa 153, 90146 Palermo, PA, Italy
Interests: nanochemistry; solar energy; catalysis; chemistry education; science communication
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Prof. Dr. Laura M. Ilharco
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Centro de Química-Física Molecular and IN-Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisboa, Complexo I, Avenida Rovisco Pais 1, 1649-004 Lisboa, Portugal
Interests: sol-gel materials; nanochemistry; infrared spectroscopy; bioeconomy; aerogels

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues, 

Systems thinking, a useful means to obtain knowledge, is rapidly emerging as a novel and fruitful approach to science education. For instance, at present, systems thinking is widely and increasingly applied in chemistry, biology, medicine, earth sciences, and engineering education.

Relying on this learning strategy to engage and educate undergraduate students in most scientific disciplines has numerous and tangible benefits. Students, for example, are provided with a deeper understanding of many natural phenomena based on systems theory (a system is a theoretical concept) that will be instrumental when, leaving academia, they face the many complex problems of today’s societies.

Furthermore, systems thinking may help to improve the way that universities, attempting to attract bright students, deliver their educational service to students in both economically developed and developing countries.

This Special Issue aims to present the opportunities—and the challenges to be met—when adopting a systems view (theory) in conceiving and delivering scientific education. Contributions of scholars and practitioners from different scientific fields and countries are warmly solicited.

Dr. Mario Pagliaro
Prof. Dr. Laura M. Ilharco
Guest Editors

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Silanes for Building Protection: A Case Study in Systems Thinking Approach to Materials Science Education
Educ. Sci. 2020, 10(7), 171; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci10070171 - 29 Jun 2020
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Silanes, and organically modified silanes in particular, are commercially used to protect the built environment from deterioration and, in indoor applications, to minimize water vapor condensation and microbiological contamination. Increasing their uptake, we argue in this study, includes the need to adopt a [...] Read more.
Silanes, and organically modified silanes in particular, are commercially used to protect the built environment from deterioration and, in indoor applications, to minimize water vapor condensation and microbiological contamination. Increasing their uptake, we argue in this study, includes the need to adopt a systems-thinking view of this green chemistry technology. After identifying the key advantages of these coatings, we highlight important educational consequences to undergraduate courses and doctoral programs in chemistry and materials science which are common in many research topics, well beyond nanocoating science and technology. Full article
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