Systems practice

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 199–209 | Cite as

Designing educational systems: A critical systems approach

  • Wendy J. Gregory
Research Note


The foregoing represents a brief consideration of the role of critical systems thinking in the design of education systems. Given the inherently political nature of education systems as belief and value-building systems, it seems vital to me that a critical perspective be employed in evaluating the intended design as well as the proposed design process. Without such a critical view, designers are in danger of representing a (perhaps misinformed) single viewpoint. Furthermore, designs which have not been subjected to such a critical analysis will be of a regulative and status quo enhancing nature. Given the essence of the problems that education systems designers are trying to resolve, it is imperative that we utilize the critical systems approach in all stages of the design process.


System Designer Design Process System Approach Education System Critical Analysis 
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  • Wendy J. Gregory
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  1. 1.Department of Management Systems and SciencesUniversity of HullHullUK

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