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System Dynamics Approach In Science and Technology Education

Author(s): Hasret NUHOĞLU | Mert NUHOĞLU

Journal: Journal of Turkish Science Education
ISSN 1304-6020

Volume: 4;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 91;
Date: 2007;
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Keywords: System Dynamics | Science and Technology Education | Curriculum Projects Based On System Dynamics

System Dynamics is a well formulated methodology for analyzing the components of a system including cause-effect relationships and their underlying mathematics and logic, time delays, and feedback loops. It began in the business and industry world, but is now affecting education and many other disciplines. Having inspired by successful policy changes in lots of fields, the system dynamics researchers targeted to apply the system dynamics approach in the educational fields too. There is a remarkable increase in the interest and understanding level of the students to the courses in the classes using system dynamics approach. Therefore some curriculum projects based on the system dynamics have been developed (Stacin, Cc-Stadus, Cc-Sustain, Science Ware) in order to apply it practically. By using these projects, lots of new ideas and useful models are provided for the practicing teachers to apply system dynamics in the classroom. The aim of this study is to discuss the feasibility of the application of system dynamics approach in the science education. First part of the study explains the relationship of system concept and dynamics concept. A brief introductory information about system dynamics is given. The differences between system dynamics and computer based learning are explained. In the second part of the study, applications of system dynamics in education are explained. Then, curriculum projects based on system dynamics are examined. Finally, ideas on the introduction of system dynamics approach into the Turkish curriculum are suggested.
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