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Why System Dynamics?
Author(s): Richard Turnock Subject: Why K12 SD
  From an online blog, this article presents clearly and concisely that the public school paradigms of "what" and "how" lack the "why." System Dynamics enables us to understand WHY systems work the way they do in order to prepare for the future.
 
Visual Tools for Student Projects: Communicating Critical Thinking
Author(s): Creative Learning Exchange Subject: Cross-Curricular
  This booklet is designed to help teachers and students create and complete all kinds of projects (in science and other curricula) which clearly show and explain the critical thinking incorporated within the project.
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Systems Tools to Enhance Literacy
Author(s): Lees Stuntz Subject: English
  Examples of readily availablle curricula using systems tools in literacy are highlighted in this short article. These, among many, are available for free download on the CLE website.
 
Succession from Sand Dune to Maritime Forest on a Barrier Island
Author(s): Aili Carlson, & Sarah Clemmitt Subject: Science
  From the Maryland Virtual High School. By building a computer model of a complex dynamic system--the succession form sand dune to maritime forest on a barrier island--the student develops an understanding of the relationships among many contributing variables. The exercise deals with both modeling skills and the ecology of barrier islands. Funded by the Gordon Brown Fund.
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Steps to Downloading Road Maps from the Internet (D-4662)
Author(s): Stephanie Albin, & Nan Lux Subject: Road Maps
  From SDEP. Explains how to download Road Maps from the sysdyn.mit.edu website as well as how to download the Acrobat Reader software necessary for viewing/printing Road Maps and the other CLE documents.
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Splash! A Quick Guide for Getting Started
Author(s): Anne LaVigne Subject: Cross-Curricular
  This guide gives a user a jump start in accessing the Splash! App for simple models. For more detailed help, see SplashCards available in CLE products.
 
Some Basic Concepts in System Dynamics (D-4894)
Author(s): Jay W. Forrester Subject: System Dynamics
  In its full development, system dynamics is a discipline with the scope of science, education, law, engineering, or medicine. On the other hand, it is becoming clear that teachers in ordinary K-12 schools can make enough progress in two or three years to
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Oscillations 3 Background Information on Simulation Created for Lesson 3: Rabbits, Rabbits and More Rabbits: Logistic Growth in Animal Populations
Author(s): Anne LaVigne, Jennifer Andersen, & in collaboration with the CLE Subject: Cross-Curricular
  Lesson 3 is an important precursor to Lesson 4: Waves of Change: Predator and Prey Dynamics. Population dynamics are taught in a mini-series of three lessons. We recommend starting with this lesson, logistic growth, and teaching these lessons in order because they clearly show the progression of structure needed to simulate S-shaped and cyclic behavior patterns.

Complex Systems Connection: Cause within System. Five interdisciplinary areas are covered in a series of lessons, utilizing a family of models that all generate oscillation. Oscillation in real-world systems is often considered problematic rather than a consequence of system structure. This progression of lessons will help students understand that undesirable behavior can be a consequence of system structure and not a result of outside, uncontrollable influences. In other words, a system that oscillates does so because it has an inherent tendency to do so.
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Modeling Physics: System Dynamics in Physics Education
Author(s): Horst P. Schecker Subject: Science
  System Dynamics modeling helps to shift the focus of physics instruction towards more qualitative learning. Dynamic modeling requires students to analyze a phenomenon and develop the model, whereby they are introduced into the strategy of expert problem-solvers, i.e. to concentrate on a conceptual and semi-quantitative analysis. The modeling system supports the learner both in constructing the model and exploring its physical adequacy through simulation runs. Lead article in Spring 1996 CLExchange newsletter.
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Introductory Packet
Author(s): CLE Subject: Why K12 SD
  A packet of six articles to introduce system dynamics in education. Includes: a) System Dynamics And Learner-Centered-Learning In Kindergarten Through 12th Grade Education. (Jay W. Forrester) An argument for the necessity of change in the educational process and the applicability of system dynamics in K-12 education. By the founder of the discipline of system dynamics. b) Systems Thinking, Four Key Questions. (Barry Richmond) A general over-view. Interesting paper to read to get the perspective of a professional system dynamicist, c) Bring System Dynamics to a School near You ( Debra Lyneis.) An explanation of the methods people have used to bring system dynamics and learner-centered learning to schools across the US.d) Consider The Gypsy Moth: An Example of System Dynamics for Carlisle. (Debra Lyneis) An explanation of how system dynamics would "look" and work in a curriculum, using the gypsy moth caterpillar as a concrete example of its application in a science curriculum. A simple presentation which clearly demonstrates how to start using and understanding basic system dynamics and modeling. e) Infusing System Dynamics into Kindergarten through Eighth Grade Curriculum (Debra Lyneis) A guide to help infuse the system dynamics concepts into curriculum. f) System Dynamics in 25 Words or Less (Debra Lyneis) A short, succinct description of system dynamics.
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