Changing the educational system with systems thinking


“What is the question?”. Gertrude Stein

This document poses many questions for change agents in the educational system to ask.

Toward Systemic Educational Change. Questions from a complex systems perspective.Read more >>

This paper ends with a list identifying the types of perspectives needed to further the insight into possible solution system. Groups of multi-disciplinary individuals create an immediate multispective dynamic.

“Our working group has already identified at least the following kinds of experience and research expertise as important to the success of any effort not only to study educational change, but to initiate and support it:

  • Scholars in the field of testing, assessment, and its uses and wider implications for education policy and society;
  • Researchers who have studied examples of successful and unsuccessful educational innovations and schemes for curriculum change;
  • Historians of education
  • Ecologists and ecosystem theorists
  • Educators and managers with experience of current corporate, organization, and workplace models of employee education and human resource development;
  • Researchers who work within the context and agendas of professional organizations in the field of education, such as teacher organizations, national associations, etc.
  • Researchers who work with and are advocates for marginalized and disenfranchised groups, including the homeless, the physically challenged, communities with high unemployment, communities with low school completion rates, etc.;
  • Researchers who work with private foundations that study and promote educational change;
  • Economists, political scientists, and sociologists with interests in the role of education in society;
  • Science and education journalists
  • Researchers in comparative education and those who have studied educational change in other parts of the world;
  • Researchers who study learning in non-school or informal educational institutions;
  • Researchers who specialize in the study of the impact of technology on social institutions;
  • Leaders in higher education who have worked on educational reform and curriculum innovation in colleges and universities, and those with research expertise in this area.”

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