Assessing Students’ Development of a System Worldview and System Thinking Skills Using Qualitative Modeling Software

Assessing Students’ Development of a System Worldview and System Thinking Skills Using Qualitative Modeling Software

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Assessing Students’ Development of a System Worldview and System Thinking Skills Using Qualitative Modeling Software

The ability to understand complexity concepts and the behavior of dynamic systems is regarded today as one of the key literacies in the knowledge era. Developing pedagogies aimed to support the learning of these concepts and instruments to assess this learning, is an important educational challenge. This paper describes evaluation studies conducted within an EC funded (7th program) research project that aimed to develop a sophisticated computer tool that enables learners to “,dive into complexity”,, by modeling complex phenomena in the natural, social or artificial world. The evaluation studies that followed this project aimed to assess the effect of learning by modeling using the developed software on understanding complexity and on the development of system perspectives and systems', thinking skills. We will describe these studies, their context, data collection instruments, and criteria used for assessing the understanding and system thinking perspectives and provide findings that support their construct validity.

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