About this Research Topic
Guiding frameworks such as Vision & Change (V&C) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) echo broad consensus that learning to think in and about systems is important for STEM training generally, and life sciences specifically. Although recent research suggests systems and systems thinking is a rapidly emerging area of interest, few resources currently exist that provide evidence of best practices for promoting and/or assessing systems thinking in biology classroom contexts and facilitating interdisciplinary learning and inquiry. With this Research Topic we aim to build on that momentum to expand what is known about systems and systems thinking in biology teaching and learning from both applied and theoretical perspectives.
For this Research Topic we seek submissions of original research, essays, and reviews that contribute to our understanding of applications of systems and systems thinking in biology teaching and learning. Themes of interest include (but are not limited to):
(1) evidence-based methods for promoting systems thinking,
(2) practical methods for assessing systems thinking in classroom or other learning contexts,
(3) the cognitive basis for learning and thinking in systems,
(4) theoretical considerations of systems thinking,
(5) applications of systems thinking in training and/or research,
(6) intersecting systems thinking in biology with other STEM disciplines.
Keywords: systems thinking, biology, complex systems, STEM Education
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