Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford
From research to implementation, systems thinking can make pivotal contributions to complex challenges in educational improvement.
Just what is it about systems thinking that can be so transformative in education systems reform?
That’s the question that RISE affiliates and Teach for All alumni explored in a recent plenary on systems thinking at the 2021 Teach for All Research Conference.
The plenary’s four panellists presented research centred around the importance of understanding education systems as a dynamic series of interactions among actors and components. Since these interactions are shaped, enhanced, and inhibited by one another and the system in which they are embedded, the road to improving learning has to start with understanding the functioning of the system and the interactions within it.
Following the presentations, Karen Mundy of the University of Toronto and the RISE Intellectual Leadership Team gave remarks as the panel’s discussant. Among other things, she offered a historical perspective on systems thinking in education, and emphasised the importance of both leadership and management in educational change. The panel concluded with a curated conversation.
You can watch the full panel via Facebook, or take a look at more RISE research centred on systems thinking and alignment:
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