Pal I. Davidsen is a professor of educational information science in the Department of Information Science, University of Bergen, Norway. He is also head of research at the Center for Educational Software Development, State College of Karlstad, Sweden. He has twice been a visiting scholar at the System Dynamics Group, MIT, where he has worked on energy modeling and the object-oriented design of model editors and simulators.
Introducing system dynamics in schools: The Nordic experience
Article first published online: 26 DEC 2006
Copyright © 1993 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
System Dynamics Review
Volume 9, Issue 2, pages 165–181, Summer 1993
How to Cite
Davidsen, P. I., Bjurklo, M. and Wikström, H. (1993), Introducing system dynamics in schools: The Nordic experience. Syst. Dyn. Rev., 9: 165–181. doi: 10.1002/sdr.4260090206
- Issue published online: 26 DEC 2006
- Article first published online: 26 DEC 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: SEP 1992
- Manuscript Received: JUN 1991
This article describes two pilot studies of introducing system dynamics into schools in the Nordic countries. The first study describes the use of system dynamics in a high school economics class. One group of students was taught by the standard economics teaching approach; the other group, by a system dynamics approach. The second study tested the ability of 15- and 17-year-old students to understand the dynamics of social and ecological systems. The results of these pilot studies suggest that incorporating system dynamics into teaching leads to a better understanding of complex dynamic problems. A list of recommendations for designing educational systems using system dynamics was compiled.