Focusing on Function: Thinking Below the Surface of Complex Natural Systems
Wed, Jul 16, 2014 10:47 PM
Critical Thinking Using Systems and SFB
While the concepts in this article are complex, I like the overall higher order student thinking suggested by this article. The authors ask us to challenge our students to think in a systems frame of mind by considering "what, how and why?" questions to address structure, function and behavior when looking at systems within science. The article used an aquarium as an example of a system - something easy to bring into and maintain within the classroom. I might suggest that this form of analysis could also be used with the human body, while examining an electrical circuit, and even when looking at a rollercoaster. Again, the concepts introduced in this article are somewhat complex, and it may take a couple of reads to really understand the authors' purpose, but I believe this technique offers potential for getting our students thinking critically and analytically. I do recommend this article and the suggestions offered within it to help in the development of student thinking skills.