Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Reform of STEM Education Requires A Systems Approach

Some blog followers might be interested in a recent discussion-list post “Reform of STEM Education Requires A Systems Approach” [Hake (2012)]. The abstract reads:

ABSTRACT: Lees Stuntz (2012), executive director of “Creative Learning Exchange” called attention to an AAAS News Release “Systemic School Reform Necessary for Science Education Improvements” at . The release indicated that improving education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) would require a new SYSTEMS APPROACH that “views education as part of a larger, more complex enterprise that reaches far beyond the classroom.” To dig deeper on “systems thinking” see e.g.: “Over Two-Hundred Annotated References on Systems Thinking,” at and “Books for Laypersons on Systems Thinking #2” at

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Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University
Honorary Member, Curmudgeon Lodge of Deventer, The Netherlands
President, PEdants for Definitive Academic References
which Recognize the Invention of the Internet (PEDARRII)

“Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.”
H. G. Wells (1920) in The Outline of History

REFERENCES [All URL’s shortened by and accessed on 25 Jan 2012.]
Hake, R.R. 2012. “Reform of STEM Education Requires A Systems Approach” online on the OPEN! AERA-L archives at Post of 25 Jan 2012 11:12:56-0800 to AERA-L and Net-Gold. The abstract and link to the complete post are being transmitted to several discussion lists.

Wells, H.G. 1920. The Outline of History. For a Wikipedia entry which discusses the interesting history of this treatise see For information on a two volume set published in 1949 by Garden City Books see

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