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Complex systems in the geosciences and in geoscience learning

Neil Stillings
Complex systems in the geosciences and in geoscience learning (in Earth and mind II; a synthesis of research on thinking and learning in the geosciences, Kim A. Kastens (editor) and Cathryn A. Manduca (editor))
Special Paper - Geological Society of America (2012) 486: 97-111

Abstract

Expert geoscientists think in terms of systems that involve multiple processes with complex interactions. Earth system science has become increasingly important at the professional level, and an understanding of systems is a key learning goal at all levels of the earth science curriculum. In this paper, research in the cognitive and learning sciences is brought to bear on the question of how students learn systems thinking and on the challenges of developing effective instructional programs. The research suggests that learning systems concepts is difficult and that it involves extended learning progressions, requiring structured curricular integration across levels of K-16 instruction. Following a discussion of these challenges, current instructional innovations are outlined, and an agenda for needed research on learning and teaching systems thinking is proposed.


ISSN: 0072-1077
EISSN: 2331-219X
Coden: GSAPAZ
Serial Title: Special Paper - Geological Society of America
Serial Volume: 486
Title: Complex systems in the geosciences and in geoscience learning
Title: Earth and mind II; a synthesis of research on thinking and learning in the geosciences
Author(s): Stillings, Neil
Author(s): Kastens, Kim A.editor
Author(s): Manduca, Cathryn A.editor
Affiliation: Hampshire College, School of Cognitive Science, Amherst, MA, United States
Affiliation: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Palisades, NY, United States
Pages: 97-111
Published: 2012
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of America (GSA), Boulder, CO, United States
References: 84
Accession Number: 2012-069404
Categories: Hydrogeology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus.
Secondary Affiliation: Carleton College, USA, United States
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data supplied by the Geological Society of America, Boulder, CO, United States
Update Code: 201236
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