Category Archives: Education

Occupy the future: Growing young peoples’ power and potential

Imagine an education system that prepared young people to make and shape the future. What would it look like? How different would it be? Education that prepares children for obedience, compliance and rote learning produces a population of observers, rather … Continue reading

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Toward Systemic Educational Change: Questions from a Complex Systems Perspective

Researchers in Education and in Complex Systems Analysis have a unique opportunity to help strengthen the U.S. educational system and bring new tools for thinking to millions of Americans. These tools can help prepare students to meet the challenges of … Continue reading

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Changes in the Teaching and Learning Process in a Complex Education System

The rapid changes and increased complexity of today’s world present new challenges and put new demands on our education system. There has been generally a growing awareness of the necessity to change and improve the preparation of students for productive … Continue reading

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Complex Systems and Education: Cognitive, Learning, and Pedagogical Perspectives

To seriously consider implementing long term and conceptually deep changes in the science and mathematics curricula is an exciting prospect. Properly infused into the curriculum, the cross-disciplinary concepts and methodologies emerging from complex systems research have the potential to form … Continue reading

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Education’s Future: What Will Replace K-12 and College?

The cat is slowly scratching its way out of the bag. Ever more people are becoming aware of the colossal waste of money, tragic waste of young people’s time, and cruel imposition of stress and anxiety produced by our coercive … Continue reading

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La educación transmite una mentalidad patriarcal, obediente, con una moral autoritaria-represiva

En la siguiente entrevista, el destacado siquiatra chileno desmenuza la educación global actual, analiza el modelo chileno y propone cambios para que deje de estar al servicio del statu quo. “Decimos que hemos progresado científicamente, pero éticamente hemos degenerado”, asegura. … 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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Re-reading Dewey through the lens of complexity science

This paper rereads John Dewey’s works in the light of complexity theory and self-organizing systems. Dewey’s pragmatic inquiry is posited as inspirational for developing a logic of education and learning that would incorporate novelty and creativity, these artistic elements being part and parcel … Continue reading

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Educational Philosophy and the Challenge of Complexity Theory

Complexity theory challenges educational philosophy to reconsider accepted paradigms of teaching, learning and educational research. However, though attractive, not least because of its critique of positivism, its affinity to Dewey and Habermas, and its arguments for openness, diversity, relationships, agency and creativity, the … Continue reading

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