As a unique contribution to education, organizational dynamics, and systemic thinking, this field guide presents a grand opportunity to forefront systems thinking and to hold up to the world examples of current systemic thinking and action relating to education in a broader social and global context. Systems Thinkers in Action provides an insightful look into education in relation to a concept that has already been abuzz for a few decades in science and nearly two decades in business and therapy. This book will encourage and educate readers within the field and excite them about systemic thinking through examples and challenging ideas pertinent to education and its reform.
Blane DesprZs is assistant professor of education at the University of British Columbia - Okanagan.
1 Foreword 2 Introduction 3 Open Systems Theory and System Dynamics: The Twin Pillars of Transformational Change in School Districts 4 Chaos Theory and the Sciences of Complexity: Foundations for Transforming Education 5 Using Systems Thinking to Improve Twenty-First Century Schools 6 School Improvement: A Systemic View of What's Missing and What to Do about It 7 The Crucible of Reform: The Search for Systemic Leadership 8 Leadership and the Self-Organizing School 9 Strange Attractors in School Leadership 10 Shared Accountability: An Organic Approach 11 Exploring the Shape of Change: Utilizing the Power of System Dynamics in K-12 Education 12 Culture, Chaos and Complexity: Catalysts for Change in Indigenous Education 13 Expanding the Space of the Possible: Understanding Knowledge, Learning, and Teaching as Nested and Recursively Elaborative Processes 14 Conclusions and Continued Beginnings: Application of the Systemic Factors Inventory Analysis Matrix