Systemic Perspectives in Education  

A selection of of  websites devoted to whole systems change in education i.e. restructuring based on either systemic theory, holism or a wisdom perspective.  

Public School Restructuring Comprehensive Bibliography  
Bela Banathy: Idealized Social System Design for Schools  
What educational change agents should know about systems theory 
Systems Thinking Chaos Theory Network of the ASCD 
ASCD Change  Agency Network Ecoliteracy -Fritjof Capra 
Global Learning CommunitiesGreg Cajete  
Native Ways of KnowingHolistic Education Home Page  
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education- Holistic Education  
Holistic Learning Breaking New Ground: International ConferenceProject Wisdom  
Useful articles on systemic change in education 


Public School Restructuring Comprehensive Bibliography 

Bela Banathy: Idealized Social System Design for Schools 
Systems Design of Education: A Journey To Create The Future Educational Technology Publications (Englewood Cliffs, NJ 1991. Chapter 1 review / Chapter 2 review. and Designing Social Systems in a Changing World Plenum Publishing Company Ltd. (New York, NY). Review of Chapter 1 - of a Systems Design Of Education: A Journey To Create The Future  By Bela H. Banathy. 

What educational change agents should know about systems theory: by Irja Haapala (Quoting Banathy) 

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Systems Thinking Chaos Theory Network of the ASCD 
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Design (ASCD). 
Goals and Purpose of the Network: 
    *    to provide a forum for dialogue among systems and chaos theory scientists and educators 
    *    to aid in the development of curriculum designed to include the "new sciences" 
    *    to encourage the practice of systems thinking as a shift in world view that will fit better with  the new understanding of our universe 
     *   to present this new information  and point of view in language that is useful and relevant for all  people who are stake  holders in a viable system of education 
     *   to maintain an active global electronic communication network,  to provide support for educators who are "exploring new worlds where no one else has gone before.
Newsletter/Journal Patterns.  Backissues and more information on website. 
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ASCD Change  Agency Network 

The Change Agency Network is a collaborative venture sponsored by a consortium of organizations:  ASCD International, the Alberta Affiliate of ASCD, the Centre for Leadership in Learning, the University of Calgary, and Apple Canada. You can learn more about The Change Agency Network and its sponsors by checking either of these websites: 
Although this list serve is not identified as "systemic" in nature the dialogue sometimes shifts into systemics through participation of members of the ASCD Systems Thinking Chaos Theory Network. 
Ecoliteracy -Fritjof Capra 

Guide to Ecoliteracy, A New Context for School Restructuring. Center for Ecoliteracy. " Author Fritjof Capra, together with a team of educators and systemic thinkers, provides a refreshing introduction to the theory of living systems and ecological literacy. Discussions of interdependence, sustainability,and ecological cycles are followed by case studies of classrooms that have been transformed into learning communities founded on these concepts. 

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Global Learning Communities 

Global Learning Communities is based on the principles of: 

    * continuous personal, professional and organizational growth 
    * cooperative learning process and compassionate/collaborative practice 
    * local and global citizenship 
    * systems, choice and brain based learning theory 
    * holistic education 
    * indigenous wisdom and ecolearning
This organization is also is committed to building collaborative learning communities at micro and macro levels. Global Learning Communities is an international consulting company which works towards whole systems change with school districts all over the world. The two principles of GLC, Carole Cooper and Julie Boyd of Tasmania produce books, and articles to guide their work. Their website provides a wealth of information on their approach. Carole is also a co-author of the Eco-literacy Guide with Fritjof Capra and Ed Clark. 

Greg Cajete  

Motivating American Indian Students in Science and Math. ERIC Digest., Cajete - From the ERIC database. Motivating American Indian Students in Science and Math. 

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Native Ways of Knowing 

Native Ways of Knowing: What Science Educators and Curriculum Committees Should Consider About Native World Views (adapted from the Alaska Indigenous People's Framework). 

Holistic Education Home Page 

Covers Principles of Holistic Education; Practice of, Courses in; Conferences related to; Resources, related websites. 

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Holistic Education Review   

Ontario Institute for Studies in Education- Holistic Education   

Holistic education is rooted in holism, or the concept of an interconnected reality. Holistic education attempts to facilitate connectedness within the curriculum and within students. Integrated curriculum which attempts to connect various subjects is one example of holistic education. Holistic instructional strategies include visualization, cooperative learning, creative problem solving strategies and drama. However, holistic education avoids emphasis on one particular technique but instead stresses a multi-level approach to education that acknowledges interdependence and connectedness. At OISE there are activities related to holistic education in field development, graduate studies and research/writing. 

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Holistic Learning Breaking New Ground: International Conference October 24-26, 1997, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto 

Key note speakers include Anna Lemkow, John Seed, Sharon Saltzberg and Nel  Noddings. This conference explores learning as a process that  engages the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Fifty-five workshops, in three strands, focus on many aspects of holistic learning for adults, youth and children. 

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