Daniel Goleman and Peter Senge provide educators with a rationale for incorporating three core skill sets in the classroom — understanding self, other, and the larger systems within which we operate—and show why these competencies are needed to help students navigate a fast-paced world of increasing distraction and growing interconnectedness. The book also offers examples of model educational programs that include these competencies in their curriculum, and shares best practices for introducing them in schools.
The habits of a systems thinker are helping educators bring a coherent overall framework to a field that has had many pioneers in various school settings. We are now witnessing that seeing the big picture, identifying circles of causality, understanding how the structure of a system produces its behavior, and recognizing the benefits of looking at problems from different perspectives can help educators focus on deeper thinking skills across virtually all curricula and ages. The key to this progression is offering developmentally appropriate tools that enable students to articulate and hone their systems intelligence.
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Peter Senge: Education, Systems Thinking and Our Careers