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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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La crisis de la educación del pensar calculante

El problema es que la educación está prisionera de una visión reductiva, pragmática, y de lo que algún filósofo llamó el pensar calculante; es decir, todo tiene que traducirse en cifras, en ranking y resultados y eso se ha ido … Continue reading

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¡Obedece, produce, consume! Y… sobretodo no pienses

Pero además de estar en pie de guerra, paralelamente, se cierne otro gran debate que incluso resta importancia a la política educativa. ¿Los sistemas educativos actuales, ya no solo en España sino en el resto del mundo, son coherentes con … Continue reading

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Rethinking Education through Contemporary Art

This article is part of a broader investigation exploring how contemporary art allows us to think about the process that underpins our teaching and learning in order to change it. We are tutors in initial teacher education and we teach, learn and communicate … 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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Getting the Teacher Out of the Way: Learning, Risk, and Choice

Students learn best when teachers get out of the way. Unfortunately, university classrooms continue to be intensely teacher-centric, are driven by the teacher’s agenda and calendar, and embrace simple models rather complex alternatives. These simple types of learning environments frustrate … Continue reading

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Decolonisation of Education: academics must change what they teach, and how

The idea of decolonisation frightens many South African academics. Since students launched the movement to decolonize higher education in early 2015, I’ve heard several of my peers ask, “What do ‘they’ mean by decolonisation? Going back to the Stone Age? … Continue reading

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