Integrating systems science perspective across various STEM literacies



literacy, education, systems thinking


Over the last decade various science literacy frameworks have been developed, including the Ocean Literacy Framework, The Essential Principles of Climate Literacy, or Energy Literacy: Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts for Energy Education. Common amongst these frameworks is an implicit or explicit focus on systems; conversely, without a systems perspective, the complex issues around ocean health, or the linked technology, society, nature issues that underlie climate change or energy use cannot be understood fully.  Yet, systems thinking per se is difficult to convey, teach or communicate, and while included in new US science education standards, there is little indication that student indeed learn systems thinking as a cross-cutting practice.  Complicating the matter is the issue of what reasonably can or should be expected of children around systems literacy, and in extension, what expectation we ought to have about appropriate systems literacy in adults.  Martin Storksdieck will reflect on opportunities and challenges in creating a systems literacy framework that might serve as guide to formal and informal education.

Author Biography

Martin Storksdieck, Oregon State University

Martin Storksdieck is the director of Oregon State University’s Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning, and a professor in OSU’s College of Education.  Martin works in the intersection of research, practice and policy, focused on STEM learning and science communication across settings and time, and on the role of science-based professionals and science hobbyists in engaging a broader public. Martin serves on the Science Advisory Boards for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education at the University of Kiel (Germany). He is the Chair of Trustees for TERC, a nonprofit R&D organization in Cambridge, MA and is a board member of the Tree Media Foundation.



How to Cite

Storksdieck, M. (2020). Integrating systems science perspective across various STEM literacies. Proceedings of the 63rd Annual Meeting of the ISSS - 2019 Corvallis, OR, USA, 63(1). Retrieved from