Systems Thinking in Education SIG 124
Systems Thinking in Education SIG 124
SIG Purpose
The purpose of the Systems Thinking in Education SIG is to focus on applications of systems thinking principles to address various issues in education.


AERA 2023 - Call for Proposals

As you prepare your proposals for the 2023 AERA Annual Meeting, we invite you to consider submitting your work to the Systems Thinking in Education SIG. Systems thinking is a cross-disciplinary concept that spans a diversity of issues, populations, and contexts, and, thus, can foster system-level critical analyses of research and contextualization of truth. In particular, we welcome proposals aligned with this year’s conference theme, Interrogating Consequential Education Research in Pursuit of Truth, proposals that “push traditional modes of sharing findings, themes, and insights from research in pursuit of truth with consequence.” We encourage you to submit proposals that:

  • Develop careful, detailed, systematic and analytic literature reviews that interrogate educational research from a systems perspective.
  • Identify essential sites for empirical research and engage dialogically with communities to leverage systemic concepts in the design and carrying out of studies. 
  • Identify, forward, critique, and utilize multiple modes for communicating findings of consequential educational research that utilizes systems perspectives. 
  • Create space for analysis and discussion designed to interrogate and advance methods, mechanisms, and practices that name injustice in systems-oriented research and co-construct opportunities for just educational processes and systems.

The Systems Thinking in Education SIG offers a welcoming venue for both established and emerging scholars from a diverse set of institutions and geographical regions. We give careful consideration to field, applied, and evaluation research, as well as theoretically oriented studies. We also welcome a broad range of methodologies.

*EXTENDED* The deadline for submissions is 11:59 PM, Pacific Time, on AUGUST 1, 2022.

If you have specific questions, please feel free to contact the 2023 Systems Thinking in Education SIG Program Chairs, Lok-Sze Wong, University of North Texas ( and Linda Mayger, The College of New Jersey (

Latest Announcements

July 20, 2022


We would like to introduce you to the 2023 officers for the SIG. 


Jackie Mania, Director of Research and Evaluation, NCCEP

Program Chair

Linda Mayger, Associate Professor, The College of New Jersey

Program Chair-Elect

Lok-Sze Wong, Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership, University of North Texas


Margie Sauceda Curwen, Associate Professor of Education, Chapman University


Nichole Walsh, Assistant Professor, Fresno State

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AERA 2023

AERA encourages for participation in the 2023 Annual Meeting! Like the 2023 Presidential theme itself, the Call for Submissions encourages paper and session submissions that provide diverse theoretical, methodological, and subfield or disciplinary perspectives.

AERA is excited to create a dual-component annual meeting for 2023 that will be accessible, flexible, and rewarding for all participants, whether they present in Chicago during the place-based component (Thursday, April 13, through Sunday, April 16) or online during the virtual component (Thursday, May 4, and Friday, May 5).

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