Chapter 1: Introduction to Systems Thinking in International Education and Development
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The opening chapter to this volume sets out a convincing case for applying systems thinking to the wicked challenges in low- and middle-income education sectors. In a seminal contribution to the field, this chapter brings together two sets of literature. First, authors present a tour through the literature that has informed global education policy and practice in recent years, explaining how this has led some to seek answers in systems thinking. They demonstrate that there is a growing literature on "what works" to enable learning for all, but that there is potential in systems thinking to help answer outstanding "why" and "how" questions. Second, authors introduce the core concepts and tools of systems thinking and translate this vast literature into implications for international education. Finally, the chapter introduces each forthcoming chapter.