SYSTEMS THINKING, SUSTAINABILITY, AND SECURITY, A ROLE FOR CHEMISTRY EDUCATION

the 3rd African Conference on Research in Chemistry Education

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Title SYSTEMS THINKING, SUSTAINABILITY, AND SECURITY, A ROLE FOR CHEMISTRY EDUCATION
 
Creator MAHAFFY Peter; King’s University in Edmonton, Canada
 
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Description Chemistry plays a crucial role in making modern life possible.  Yet the scale of the chemistry carried out by 7.4 billion people has both beneficial and destructive impacts on our planet and its people.   The eyes of the world are drawn to the fact that human activity and chemical reactivity are inextricably intertwined, as many of the control variables for our planetary boundaries that are entering or moved beyond zones of uncertainty are quantified by fundamental chemistry measurements.  Analysis shows that planetary boundaries under particular threat from human activity include those related to the amount of fixed nitrogen, the phosphorus cycle, ocean acidification, and climate change. And biophysical changes, such as those due to changing local climates, are projected to lead to substantially amplified rates of human conflict in the coming decades. What kind of chemistry education is appropriate to prepare students for life in a world with little certainty, except that it will be more complex and uncertain than today’s world? Unfortunately, formal chemistry education often introduces concepts in isolation from important integrating contexts, and misses rich opportunities to apply systems thinking in which the powerful tools of chemistry can help to achieve a more sustainable and secure planet. We will explore approaches and curricular resources that can be used by chemists and others in educating for complexity, uncertainty and sustainability on a changing planet.
 
Publisher ACRICE2017
ACRICE 2017
 
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Date 2017-10-02 10:36:56
 
Type Peer-reviewed Paper
 
Identifier http://www.univ-setif.dz/OCS/FT/ACRICE/paper/view/272
 
Source ACRICE2017; The third african conference on research in chemistry education
 
Language en
 
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