Everything’s Connected: Using Systems Maps for Inquiry Learning

Systems maps offer teachers a new opportunity for structuring inquiry learning, developing culturally responsive and sustaining classrooms, and engaging teachers and students in deep discussions about the complexity of life.

Systems maps differ from traditional graphic organizers because they are generated by students during class discussion. They are also distinct from web organizers because the emphasis is not on organizing information, but rather on student discovery of complexities in relationships within (and between) natural and social systems with both human and non-human elements.

In this article in Childhood Education: Innovations magazine, Gretchen S. Goode and Laurie MacGillivray given an overview of systems mapping and provide a three-step process for introducing systems mapping in the classroom.

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