Over the course of 2019, ESC ran a series of workshops for secondary teachers as well as tertiary researchers and academics, on approaches to incorporate systems thinking into chemistry education.
This culminated in a Systems Thinking in Chemistry Education (STICE) symposium held in September 2019. Alfred Deakin Professor Colin Barrow (Director, Centre for Chemistry and Biotechnology, Deakin University), Associate Professor Jenny Pringle (Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University) and Dr Andrew Eaton (Chemistry teacher in NSW) all gave insightful presentations that generated vigorous discussion on how systems thinking, circular economy, life cycle analysis and the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs) can have greater impact on our chemistry teaching and learning in the near future.
At both the workshops and symposium, we also ran interactive activities on teaching practice, and introduced sustainable development themed educational resources, which have been made available below.
The workshops and symposium were funded by a Deakin Science and Society Network (SSN) Interdisciplinary establishment grant. Seamus and Madeleine wish to thank the SSN for their support, Dr Joe Ferguson for his research involvement, the speakers at the symposium, and lastly the secondary teachers and university academics who engaged in multiple events across the project!
STICE symposium resources
- STICE - suggested education resourcesA collection of resources (but by no means an exhaustive list) that could be used to consider systems thinking and sustainable development in chemistry education settings.File size 1.07 MB · Last modified · Download count 30