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Systems Thinking and 21st Century Education. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 1905571
  • October 2008
  • 424 Pages
  • VDM Publishing House
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The story of the Central Educational Center (CEC) is
a living example of what happens when one of the
world’s foremost experts in human performance, Dr.
Joe Harless, applies his expertise to public
education. This story, as told through six years of
research, is the realization of multiple compelling
visions: the role of systems design in improving
public education, how career and technical education
can lead to district wide educational reform, the
promise of innovative charter schools and parental
choice, and finally a local community that came
together to do something about an education system
that was failing their community. CEC’s success is a
testament to the power of collaboration between
community members that deem society as the primary
stakeholder of education, emphasizing student
preparation with relevant, marketable skills for
life alongside academic preparation for college. CEC
has systematically changed the HOW and WHAT of
traditional public education. This story details
CEC’s journey from vision in Harless’s book The Eden
Conspiracy (1998) to reality and suggests potential
pathways for replication on local, state, and
national levels.

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Anthony Chow.
Anthony S. Chow, Ph.D. instructional systems design,
Florida State University. Assistant Professor at the University
of North Carolina at Greensboro, Dept. of Library and
Information Studies, Greensboro, North Carolina,
USA. Teaches leadership and management, Web design

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