Abstract for: Tension in a Local High School from a Systems Perspective

This poster is describing a project that was looking at the issue of tension in a local high school. The project was composed of three sessions with 15 high school students and used various scripts to create an experience where students were able to share their perspectives of issues related to tension in their school as well as learn about systems thinking and system dynamics. Students identified key variables within the structure that was created and generated potential intervention strategies that might influence the issues they are facing on a daily basis. Students involved in the project felt that they were able to see the connections between certain behaviors and the resulting consequences, as well as identify linkages between the variables.