An explanation of systems thinking and examples of how teachers might embed it as part of their science and technology planning.
Systems thinking is an understanding of how related objects or components interact to influence how a system functions. Understanding the complexity of systems and the interdependence of components is important for scientific research and for the creation of solutions to technical, economic and social issues.
The systems thinking video (6:52) explains systems thinking using the NSW Science and Technology K-6 Syllabus. Examples from Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3 show how you could embed systems thinking in the classroom.
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