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School of Education, Indiana University Bloomington: Preparing educators, advancing knowledge, improving education

SimEd: Understanding Education Systems
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Many well-intentioned people want to improve education. So do we. We believe that education could be far more effective, efficient and satisfying than it is in our current educational systems—both K-12 and higher education.

We believe that the following questions have not been adequately addressed:

We must know what to change in order to know how. We must know whether the change accomplishes the goal and that the change does not have negative, unintended effects. Change for the sake of change is nonproductive. And, without knowing what to change, the “how” is irrelevant.

We believe that a systems view of education is important to help identify the "what" and "how".

SimEd Technologies consist of four parts:

The theory and software are currently under development. For overviews of this work, see:

Further information about the principal investigators :