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Wednesday, July 12 • 16:30 - 17:00
3179 Pattern Literacy in Support of Systems Literacy: Learning to Find the Patterns and Create the Models That Represent Systems in Words and Pictures

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This session, part of the Designing Educational Systems SIG, follows up on Peter Tuddenham’s work on Systems Literacy, and on Helene Finidori’s inquiry on the role of patterns and pattern languages in bridging the fragmentation of systemic knowledge and approaches, and learning about systems. The purpose of this work is to co-explore the connection between systems knowledge representation, its embodiment and the systemic phenomena we wish to learn how to make sense of and to anticipate, using patterns as boundary objects and connectors.

At the ISSS Annual Meeting and Conference in Boulder in 2016 during a plenary session on Systems Literacy that referenced his previous work on Ocean Literacy, the presenter Peter Tuddenham asked the participants to take a 4x6 card and to either 1. Draw a System and or 2. Draw symbols to represent essential principles or big ideas (of Systems). A total of 34 Cards were handed in at the end of the plenary. The 4x6 cards were a blank space upon which different interpretations of the question were made explicit. The authors of this paper have reviewed the submitted cards and examined them for patterns and also to develop categories of responses.

This session will present the results. The implications for the representation of “Systems Literacy” will be explored, both in terms of words, and also in terms of symbols and drawings. In the light of the above, we will examine the question of deriving and formulating shared cross cutting patterns.

The process itself will be examined as a way to create a continuous development of “Systems Literacy” in complement of the quest for a General Systems Theory.

In particular, we will examine the critical role of patterns and pattern languages in embodied cognition, and we will look into how the development of a pattern literacy can reveal essential in support of systems literacy. The ultimate goal is to reflect upon how the capacity for humans to discover, record, retrieve, embody, use or design of systemic patterns can be enhanced.

A workshop session will be connected to the paper presentation. Before this session starts participants will be asked the same questions and asked to complete 4x6 cards. Their responses will be compared and contrasted with the 2016 results.

Wednesday July 12, 2017 16:30 - 17:00
3rd Floor, Room SR 121, Institut für Computertechnik,TU Wien Gußhausstraße 27-29, 1040 Wien, Austria

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