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 independent study.
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
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) grant (1997-2000).
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