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"Teaching for complex systems thinking” a timely release

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Thursday 18 November NZCER Press released the book Teaching for complex systems thinking by one of our Chief Researchers Rosemary Hipkins.  

Speaking at the whakarewatanga – book launch, Graeme Cosslett NZCER Tumuaki | Director spoke about the amazing timing of the release of this book and the huge value there is in a systems thinking approach, especially at this time when there is immense uncertainty. Graeme also congratulated Rose on the release of this book and shared how proud he and NZCER were of her and this mahi. 

Terry Fenn from the Ministry of Education called the book a taonga and spoke of her summer break plans to immerse herself in the book (again). Terry highlighted how as a former biology teacher reading the book, it was written in a way that makes you feel smart and the structure really helps you to understand why complex systems thinking works. 

Dr Markus Luczak-Roesch from Victoria University and Te Pūnaha Matatini unveiled the book. In the Foreword Markus wrote “by reading this book, people can go onto this intellectual journey towards an understanding and appreciation of complexity, and they will be empowered to help others to get onto it as well.”  

Speaking to Rosemary about the book she explains that Key Competencies for the Future (Hipkins et al., 2014) was the launching pad for this book and that every child should learn about complex systems. She says that something of a surprise was how some children who were disengaged from traditional ways of learning were really able to understand and explore using the complex systems thinking approach. 

This book identifies complex systems thinking as an essential capability for citizenship, and it sets out to show teachers how they might foster it—for themselves as well as for their students. The book is both practical and philosophical. There is explicit discussion of parallels between complexity science and indigenous knowledge systems (specifically mātauranga Māori in the New Zealand context). Purchase your copy today from here: https://www.nzcer.org.nz/nzcerpress/teaching-complex-systems-thinking