Special Issue "Systems Education for a Sustainable Planet"
A special issue of Systems (ISSN 2079-8954).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2013) | Viewed by 144552
A printed edition of this Special Issue is available here.
Interests: systems thinking; system dynamics; evolutionary learning laboratories; systems in practice; complex problem solving; application of systems theory in any area of interest; mental models; knowledge management and integration; rural and urban development; sustainability; competitive intelligence; ecology; integration and synthesis of data and information; socio-economic systems; systemic decision making; adaptive management; systems education; systemic change management
We live in a world in which complexity characterises all human endeavours today, such as healthcare, economic development, environmental protection, gender relationships, poverty, mental health, business management and social responsibility (just to name a few). The issues facing our world have become increasingly complex due to the fact that they are embedded in a global web of ecological, economic, social, cultural and political processes and dynamic interactions. These complex problems and challenges cannot anymore be addressed and solved in isolation and with the single dimensional mindsets and tools of the past.
One of the most challenging conceptual and practical issues today is that our society and economy have to craft innovative approaches to building capacity to rapidly redesign for the new world we are living in. It is this capacity to redesign, in systems and sustainability terms, that will increasingly be what society will require.
This “requirement” has globally become one of the biggest challenges for education. Educators have to ensure they meet the growing need for graduates, from all areas of interest, to have not only an understanding of the disciplines they study, but also a realization of how they fit into societal and global systems in a century when humanity will meet ever more limits.
Systems thinking and dynamic approaches offer a holistic and integrative way of appreciating all the major dimensions of a complex problem and are essential mechanisms to help achieve the attributes that industry wants from future graduates. This demand for a systems-based focus in the education of all disciplinary areas is very rapidly increasing in global society. However, it creates a significant pedagogical challenge in that current university education tends to be focused on discipline specific teaching which has no room for a wider systems approach. Didactic autonomous discipline based courses fail to foster a social networking culture that has been proven to enhance the process of deep learning, nor do they promote interactions with other students in other disciplines. To address this problem we need innovative curriculum designs and learning environments that address academic paradigms as well as industry requirements.
This special issue will highlight several of the key developments in the area of systems education and how the many challenges are being addressed.
Prof. Dr. Ockie Bosch
Dr. Robert Y. Cavana
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- systems education
- systems thinking
- systems theory
- systems sciences
- complexity sciences
- sociotechnical systems theory
- system dynamics
- systems engineering