Building Slightly More Complex Models: Calculators vs. STELLA 

Author(s):
Diana M. Fisher 
Subject:
Research 

If students are to develop the potential to effectively manage ubiquitous complex systems, it is becoming increasing important to develop systems thinking concepts and model building skills formally at the precollege level. This paper describes an experiment conducted in two secondary school classrooms in the Pacific northwestern United States to determine the importance of access to a relatively new modeling tool for students to enable them to successfully create and analyze simple models that are slight extensions of traditional models, as compared with using graphing calculators to build and analyze the same extended model scenarios. 

PDF

Easter Island Population Model 

Author(s):
Diana M. Fisher 
Subject:
Social Studies 

From CCSTADUS. Explores populationnatural resource relationship, overshoot and collapse, leverage points.
Complex Systems Connection: Short and Long Term Conflicts, Cause within System. People sometimes decide to use natural resources to meet present needs and igno 

PDF

Experiences in Developing SingleDiscipline and CrossCurricular Models for Classroom Use 

Author(s):
Ron Zaraza, & Diana Fisher 
Subject:
Project Histories 

From CCSTADUS. The experiences of the CCSTADUS staff and participants in the CCSTADUS Project lead to recommendations and suggestions for model development and documentation, and training programs for teachers. Presented at the 1996 International Syste 

PDF

From Exponential to Convergent to Logistic Models Using STELLA 

Author(s):
Diana Fisher 
Subject:
Math 

From CCSTADUS. Exploration using bacteria, poison, cooling, fish population, and flu epidemic. 

PDF

Introducing System Dynamics into the Traditional Secondary Curriculum: The CCSTADUS Project's Search for Leverage Points 

Author(s):
Ron Zaraza, & Diana Fisher 
Subject:
Implementation 

From CCSTADUS. A discussion of the singlesubject natural "entry points" for system dynamicsâ€”areas where systems ideas and models are natural topics. Examples are given for physics, biology, mathematics, social sciences and literature. 

PDF

Learning About System Dynamics: One Experience 

Author(s):
Diana M. Fisher 
Subject:
Project Histories 

From CCSTADUS. A narrative about Diana Fisher's (Math teacher in the Portland Public Schools) experience learning about STELLA and systems education. 

PDF

Lessons in Mathematics Section 0: Overview 

Author(s):
Diana M. Fisher 
Subject:
Math 

This book provides a set of tools that enables educators to teach mathematics using the framework of System Dynamics. Section 0 covers basic skills in representing equations using a visual modeling tool, the STELLA software. Available from iseesystems. 

More about the book at: http://www.iseesystems.com/store/college_university/MathBook.aspx

Lessons in Mathematics Section 1: Linear Behavior 

Author(s):
Diana M. Fisher 
Subject:
Math 

This book provides a set of tools that enables educators to teach mathematics using the framework of System Dynamics. Section 1 on linear motion covers the theory of finite differences and distancetime and positiontime exercises using a motion detector. 

More about the book at: http://www.iseesystems.com/store/college_university/MathBook.aspx

Lessons in Mathematics Section 2: Quadratic Behavior 

Author(s):
Diana M. Fisher 
Subject:
Math 

This book provides a set of tools that enables educators to teach mathematics using the framework of System Dynamics. Section 2 on quadratic behavior covers the theory of finite differences and distancetime and positiontime exercises using a motion dete 

More about the book at: http://www.iseesystems.com/store/college_university/MathBook.aspx

Lessons in Mathematics Section 3: Exponential Behavior 

Author(s):
Diana M. Fisher 
Subject:
Math 

This book provides a set of tools that enables educators to teach mathematics using the framework of System Dynamics. Section 3 covers the theory of finite differences for exponential functions. Students build models of many processes, including bacteria 

More about the book at: http://www.iseesystems.com/store/college_university/MathBook.aspx
