Systems Thinking – Quality in Education

This post from the American Society of Quality defines the requirement needed to enable societies to take a systemic view of the transformational change essential to ‘Keep Ahead of the Oil Curve’

Systems Thinking In Education


What is systems thinking and how does it apply in the classroom?  Systems thinking encourages one to step back and see the whole picture, rather than focusing on just its parts. It is an attempt to see the “forest” as well as the “trees.”  Systems thinking in the classroom can include an integrated and thematic curriculum with aligned goals and measures.

In the classroom, systems thinking explores the interdependencies among the elements of a system, looking for patterns rather than memorizing isolated facts. Systems thinking encourages creativity, questioning and problem solving.  Systems thinking involves shifting attention 

  • from the parts to the whole, 
  • from objects to relationships, 
  • from structures to processes, 
  • from hierarchies to networks,
  • from the rational to the intuitive, 
  • from analysis to synthesis, 
  • from linear to non-linear thinking.

Unfortunately, for the UK at least? Ofsted in 2005 reported



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