Very little work had hitherto been done on the incorporation of systems thinking in chemistry
education. The STICE project group explored what could be learned from other disciplines which had
already embraced a systems approach, such as biology and engineering, as well as considering the
specific characteristics of chemistry and the ways that systems thinking can enhance learning and
contribute to achieving sustainability goals.
As a major output of the project and to draw in relevant education experience from across the world,
the STICE project arranged with the Journal of Chemical Education
to produce a Special
of the Journal. A call for papers
was published in 2018 and
the Special Issue
was published in late 2019. It included 43 papers, of which about a quarter
were authored by members of the STICE project core group.
One of the
major contributions of the group, published as part of the Special Issue
, was a paper on
This recommended three main areas of future work to
develop the application of systems thinking in chemistry education:
- developing systems thinking resources for chemistry educators and students
- identifying chemistry education research needed to investigate and improve systems thinking
- investigating opportunities to apply chemistry-related systems thinking approaches in
broader educational contexts.