Special Issue "The Systems Thinking Approach to Materials Science Education"

A special issue of Education Sciences (ISSN 2227-7102).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.

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 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
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • systems thinking
  • materials science
  • STEM education
  • science education sustainability

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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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