Introduction to Systems
Social Studies, Humanities, Science
(Formerly Connections, Investigating Reality, revised and augmented)
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Part 2: Analyzing Systems (1.4MB)
Part 4: Demographics and Setting (2.0MB)
Part 5: The Dynamics of Change (0.9MB)
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What is it?
Introduction to Systems provides learner-directed activities for a year of study for adolescents and older learners.
In a complex world, making sense of reality is essential to human survival. From galaxies to atoms, from nations to individuals, everything is a system or system component. Because every human problem is a system problem, understanding how systems are put together and how they work is the indispensable foundation of an acceptable general educational curriculum.
In sequenced, "hands-on," jargon-free, real-world activities based on General Systems Theory, Introduction to Systems helps learners construct a comprehensive, easily-understood, permanently useful conceptual framework or mental model for describing and analyzing phenemona.
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