Earth system science entails a coherent philosophy of connectedness and interdependence (see the Scientific Framework section for more details). Because of complex interactions among system components, Earth System Science Education often requires completely new approaches.
Developing a conceptual systems framework is a common student learning objective for many ESS courses. The Conceptual Systems Framework component of Common ESS Learning Objectives provides sample syllabi for courses in which systems thinking is a significant component.
At California State University Monterey Bay, this systems approach has been incorporated not just into a single course or program, but across the entire science curriculum
Within an interdisciplinary course, students typically integrate between two and three topics as a time, with the implication that open-ended inquiry learning materials should be designed accordingly.
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