Category Archives: Complexity & education

Teaching to emerge: Toward a bottom-up pedagogy

This paper focuses on the conceptual model of an academic course inspired by complexity theory. In the proposed conceptual model, the aim of teaching is to form a learning organization: a knowledge community with emergent properties that cannot be reduced … Continue reading

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Complexity and Educational Research — A critical reflection

Judgements concerning proper or appropriate educational endeavor, methods of investigation and philosophizing about education necessarily implicate perspectives, values, assumptions, and beliefs. In recent years ideas from the complexity sciences have been utilized in many domains including psychology, economics, architecture, social science, and education. This … Continue reading

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Complexity and the Culture of Curriculum

This paper has two main foci: (1) the history of curriculum design, and (2) implications for the new sciences of chaos and complexity for the development of new forms of curriculum design and teaching implementation. Regarding the first focus, the paper posits … Continue reading

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The Intelligence of Complexity

To better appreciate the contribution of the ‘paradigm of complexity’ in Educational sciences, this paper proposes a framework discussing its cultural and historical roots. First, it focuses on Giambattista Vico’s (1668-1744) critique of René Descartes’ method (1637), contrasting Cartesian’s principles … Continue reading

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When Time Makes a Difference: Addressing Ergodicity and Complexity in Education

The detection of complexity in behavioral outcomes often requires an estimation of their variability over a prolonged time spectrum to assess processes of stability and transformation. Conventional scholarship typically relies on snapshots to analyze those outcomes, assuming that group means … Continue reading

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Transforming Teacher Education Thinking: Complexity and Relational Ways of Knowing

In order that teacher education programs can act as significant scaffolds in supporting new teachers to become informed, creative and innovative members of a highly complex and valuable profession, we need to re-imagine ways in which teacher education programs operate. … Continue reading

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Lev Vygotsky as Muse to Complex Learning-Teaching

Vygotsky has inspired generations of psychologists and educationists to reconceive learning and teaching. Yet existing sociocultural and activity theory, extensions of Vygotsky’s work, have not tended to frame learning as complex in the ways that Jörg has. Still, Vygotsky did … Continue reading

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Towards a new Complexity Science of Learning and Education

In this position paper we argue that the field of  learning and education is in a crisis and that the current paradigms in educational science are unable to adequately resolve the problems that are encountered in pedagogical practice. We believe … Continue reading

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Thoughts on a Pedagogy OF Complexity

There is now a developed and extensive literature on the implications of the ‘complexity frame of reference’ for education in general and pedagogy in particular. This includes a wide range of interesting contributions which consider how complexity can inform, inter … Continue reading

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A Critique of Creativity and Complexity – Deconstructing Clichés

In an increasingly complex world the natural human inclination is to oversimplify issues and problems to make them seem more comprehensible and less threatening. This tendency usually generates forms of dogmatism that diminish our ability to think creatively and to … Continue reading

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