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Systems thinking for dealing with wicked sustainability problems: beyond functionalist approaches
Department of Applied IT, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. (Engineering education research)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9667-2044
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.
2015 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

 Many of the most pressing sustainability issues are not purely technical problems. To work for

sustainable development (SD) requires addressing wicked sustainability problems (WSPs), such as

climate change, poverty, and resource scarcity. Previous research has shown that addressing WSPs is

challenging for engineering students. In particular, students may feel overwhelmed by a WSP if they lack

appropriate tools for dealing with the complexity, uncertainty, and value conflicts that are present in the

situation. In this paper, we aim to investigate whether systems thinking competence (ST) can provide

such a tool in engineering education for sustainable development (EESD). For this purpose, we elaborate

on previous descriptions of WSPs, and draw on (E)ESD literature about ST to discuss different

approaches to ST and their usefulness for addressing WSPs. We conclude that ST indeed can be

valuable for addressing WSPs, but that it is necessary to be clear about how ST is defined. We suggest

that mainstream approaches to ST in engineering education (EngE) are not sufficient for addressing WSPs.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
EESD , 2015.
Keywords [en]
Systems thinking, wicked problem
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didactics of natural science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-158216OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-158216DiVA, id: diva2:1305363
Conference
Conference on Engineering Education for Sustainable Development, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, June 9-12, 2015
Available from: 2019-04-16 Created: 2019-04-16 Last updated: 2019-04-24Bibliographically approved

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