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Teaching about Complex Systems

Ben-Zvi-Assaraf, O. and Orion, N., 2005. A Study of Junior High Students' Perceptions of the Water Cycle . Journal of Geoscience Education, v. 53, p. 366-373.

Ben-Zvi-Assaraf, O. and Orion, N., 2005. Development of System Thinking Skills in the Context of Earth System Education . Journal of Research in Science Teaching, v. 42, n. 5, p. 518-560.

Clayton, D.S., and Gautier C., 2006. Scientific Argumentation in Earth System Science Education. Journal of Geoscience Education, v. 54, n. 3, p. 374-382.

Fortner, R.W. and V.J. Mayer, 1998. Learning about the Earth as a System. International Conference on Geoscience Education Conference Proceedings (2nd, Hilo, HI).

Gautier C. , 2006: A Personal Experience of Designing Earth System Science Instruction based on Learner-Centered Environment Paradigm, Editorial in the Journal of Geoscience Education, May, 2006.

Gautier C. and S. Rebich, 2005: The Use of a Mock Summit to Support Learning about Global Climate Change, J. Geosc. Ed., v. 53, n. 1, p. 5-15.

Herbert, B.E., 2006. Student Understanding of Complex Earth Systems. In C. Manduca and D. Mogk (Eds.), Earth & Mind: How Geoscientists Think and Learn about the Earth : Geological Society of America Special Paper 413, p. 95-104.

Hmelo, Silver, C. E. & Azevedo, R. (2006). Understanding complex systems: Some core challenges. Journal of the Learning Sciences, 15, 53-61.

Hmelo, C. E., Holton, D. L., & Kolodner, J. L. (2000). Designing to learn about complex systems. Journal of the Learning Sciences, 9, 247-298.

Hmelo-Silver, C. E., Marathe, S., & Liu, L. (2007). Fish swim, rocks sit, and lungs breathe: Expert-novice understanding of complex systems. Journal of the Learning Sciences, 16, 307-331.

Ireton, M.F., C.A. Manduca, and D.W. Mogk, 1997. Shaping the Future of Undergraduate Earth Science Education: Innovation and Change Using an Earth System Approach, Workshop Report from the American Geophysical Union: 61 pp.

Kali, Y., M.C. Linn, and J.E. Roseman, 2008. Designing Coherent Science Education: Implications for Curriculum, Instruction, and Policy . Teachers College Press.

Libarkin, J. C., and Kurdziel, J. P., 2006. Ontology and the Teaching of Earth System Science. Journal of Geoscience Education, v. 54, n. 3, p. 408-413.

Raia F., Causality in Complex Dynamic Systems: A Challenge in Earth Systems Science Education . Journal of Geoscience Education, 56, 81-94, 2008.

Raia F. Students' understanding of complex dynamic systems. Journal of Geoscience Education. 5 53, 297-309, 2005.

Slotta, J.D., and Chi, M. T. H., 2006. Helping Students Understand Challenging Topics in Science Through Ontology Training. Cognition and Instruction, v. 24, n. 2, p. 261-289.

Modeling Complex Systems

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Bice, D. M., 2006, STELLA Modeling as a Tool for Understanding the Dynamics of Earth Systems. In C. Manduca and D. Mogk (Eds.), Earth and Mind: How Geologists Think and Learn about the Earth : Geological Society of America Special Paper 413, p. 171-185.

Product link: STELLA systems modeling software (more info)

Ford, A. (1999). Modeling the Environment: An Introduction. Washington, DC: Island Press.

Moore, A., and Derry, L., 1995. Understanding Natural Systems Through Simple Dynamical Systems Modeling. Journal of Geological Education, v. 43, p. 152-157.

Turcotte, D. L., 2006. Modeling Geocomplexity: "A New Kind of Science". In C. Manduca and D. Mogk (Eds.), Earth & Mind: How Geoscientists Think and Learn about the Earth : Geological Society of America Special Paper 413, p. 39-50.

Complex Systems Research

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Rundle, John B., Turcotte, Donald L., and Klein, Williiam, (editors) 2000, GeoComplexity and the Physics of Earthquakes, American Geophysical Union, 308 pp., ISBN 978-0-87590-353-8

Turcotte, D. L., 1997. Fractals and Chaos in Geology and Geophysics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


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