Diana Fisher's Modeling Dynamic Systems: Lessons for a First Course, the
follow-up to her popular Lessons in
Mathematics: A Dynamic Approach, provides a set of tools that
enable educators at the secondary and college levels to teach a one-semester or
one-year course in System Dynamics. Developed for beginning modelers, the
lessons contained in this book can be used for a core curriculum or for
Updated in 2011, the Third Edition incorporates the latest material that Diana uses to teach her own students. The following lessons are new to this edition:
Course materials meet National Science Education Standards (NSES) and National
Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) standards and are out-of-the-box
ready for use in your classroom today.
Systems Thinking software like
STELLA offers an opportunity to create visual models that actively engage
students to study a wide variety of problems. Creating a model, allows for
“real-time” analysis and a more stimulating environment to glean insights. Modeling
Dynamic Systems: Lessons for a First Course provides an easy-to-use
set of teaching materials that are paced gently enough for students to learn to
create dynamic models using STELLA software.
Read Diana's thoughts about teaching systems modeling
In 2011, the System Dynamics Society presented Diana with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her work bringing system dynamics to K-12 education. She was just the second recipient in the history of the System Dynamics Society to receive this prestigious award.
She has presented at the International System Dynamics Conference since 1994,
presenting plenary papers in 1998, 2000, and 2003. In 1995 she received the
Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching for the state of
Oregon. In 1996 she was first-place co-winner of the Intel Innovations in
Teaching Award for the state of Oregon. She was the director of the National
Science Foundation (NSF) CC-STADUS (Cross-Curricular Systems Thinking and
Dynamics Using STELLA) grant (1993-1996) and also co-directed the NSF
CC-SUSTAIN (Cross-Curricular Systems Using STELLA: Training and In-service)
Diana published Lessons
in Mathematics: A Dynamic Approach in 2001 and Modeling Dynamic
Systems: Lessons for a First Course in 2005. She has worked in
industry as a software engineer and co-authored (in the 1980s) three
programming textbooks published by Computer Science Press.