Estudios pedagógicos (Valdivia)
versão On-line ISSN 0718-0705
SCHAFFERNICHT, Martin e MADARIAGA, Patricio. On dynamic causal thinking: towards an educational perspective. Estud. pedagóg. [online]. 2007, vol.33, n.1, pp. 129-149. ISSN 0718-0705. doi: 10.4067/S0718-07052007000100008.
In system dynamics, causal links between variables indicate the direction and the polarity of influence. An examination of the popular definition of polarity and the justification of the complete definition suggest that people think of variables in a static manner. A dynamic approach leads to a distinction between the variables basic behavior and their particular behavior due to one event. We find a large set of basic behavior configurations for two connected variables. The popular definition holds only for those 4 configurations that correspond to static basic behavior, but the complete definition classifies all of them appropriately. We propose a conceptual model of the configurations and 5 research challenges. We finish showing a design for educational use of the configurations
Palavras-chave : causal model; polarity; dynamic complexity.