Systemic Thinking in Education and a Situated Perspective on Teaching

Magda Pischetola, Lyana Miranda

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How can the complexity of the school crisis be faced? How can a static and closed model of knowledge be overcome in favour of openness, flexibility, plurality and change? How can we not offer simple solutions to a complex problem? In this article, we present some paths forward in the search of answers to these questions. The first proposal is for us to overcome the dualistic relationship between subject and environment, considering both as part of a single ecosystem, based on the symbiosis between respective elements. The second proposal is for us to take our gaze away from the ecosystem through an ecological approach, for us to perceive the immersion of the subject in the respective environment. Finally, we propose deepening the existing relationships in the ecosystem, to understand its interconnected structure. In conclusion, we tackle the concept of situated teaching, as a practical application of the presented reflections.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCiencia e Educacao
Issue number31
Pages (from-to)1-15
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Systemic thinking
  • Ecosystem
  • school culture
  • Situated teaching


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