Category Archives: Complexity & education

Complexity Theory and the Philosophy of Education

Complexity as an approach to knowledge and knowledge systems now recognizes both the growth of global systems architectures in (tele)communications and information with the development of open knowledge production systems that increasingly rest not only on the establishment of new … Continue reading

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Imagining a Self-Organised Classroom – Some Gilles Deleuze’s conceptualisations

This paper uses complexity theory as a means towards clarifying some of Gilles Deleuze’s conceptualisations in communication and the philosophy of language. His neologisms and post-structuralist tropes are often complicated and appear to be merely metaphorical. However their meanings may … Continue reading

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When the facts won’t get you there

Read I thought I might finish these posts with sharing an offline exchange between myself and colleagues working on education policy. He had asked about “complexity as a framing tool” and would it have anything to offer as an approach … Continue reading

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Analysis of complex networks: from biology to linguistics

Read Read also: Graph Theory and Complex Networks Structural Analysis of Complex Networks Mathematical problems such as graph theory problems are of increasing importance for the analysis of modelling data in biomedical research such as in systems biology, neuronal network … Continue reading

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Complexity and Action Research – exploring the theoretical and methodological connections

Read Complexity theory is essentially a formal attempt to question how coherent and purposive wholes emerge from the interactions of simple and sometimes non-purposive components. Explicit recognition of complexity can provide a fresh and enlightening perspective on action research. Through … Continue reading

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Role Play and Simulation – Returning to Teaching for Understanding

Read   This article describes how simulation and role play can be important learning strategies that will create long-lasting understanding. Simulation involves participating in a very real learning experience that closely resembles an actual setting. These actual settings may be … Continue reading

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Critical thinking and learning: complex critical thinking

Critical thinking and learning Although billed as an encyclopedia, this is really a textbook on a mode of thinking referred to as complex critical thinking. Educator Kincheloe describes its theoretical underpinnings and potential for reforming both teaching and learning. He … Continue reading

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New venues for Science Teacher Education – Self-organizational Pedagogy on the Edge of Chaos

Read This paper describes our attempt to develop a pedagogical practice informed by the concepts of complexity applied to education. The context of our study was the science methods course within an elementary teacher education program. The practice, described here, … Continue reading

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