Systems Change Education Catalog: A Review of the Field of Systems Change Education Programs, Approaches, and Outcomes
Keywords:systems change, education, systems thinking, typology
There is a proliferation of ‘wicked problems’ in modern society, such as climate change, inequality, and emerging epidemics and pandemics. Dealing with these wicked problems demands that we use new thinking methods about larger system issues. Fortunately, the field of systems change education is growing, developing new pedagogies, delivering content, and breaking boundaries at an increasing rate. The Transformations Community is a global community of practice that sits at the crossroads of systems change education, practice, and research. To capture this innovative time in the systems change field, the Transformations Community has developed the world’s first systems change education catalog. This catalog is a valuable source of information for students, researchers, and practitioners interested in finding programs within the field of systems education. The catalog also acted as the data set for this field survey. This article reviewed the educational programs featured in the Transformation Community’s system change education catalog for relationships and connections. These programs range from one-day workshops to weeklong retreats and bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. programs. The analysis revealed three distinguishing characteristics of systems change education programs: audience, pedagogies, and competencies. This review is the first step towards producing a typology for systems change education by focusing on similar characteristics within educational programs. This field is still emerging, and the Transformations Community aims to capture and promote new developments and innovations in pedagogical methods for systems change education.
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