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Yoon, Susan A.; Goh, Sao-Ee; Yang, Zhitong – Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education, 2019
Recent research on what students know about complex systems shows that they typically have challenges in understanding particular system ideas such as nonlinearity, complex causality, and decentralized control. Yet this research has yet to adopt a systematic approach to learning about complex systems in an ordered way in line with the Next…
Descriptors: Item Response Theory, Models, Middle School Students, High School Students
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Koopmans, Matthijs – Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education, 2018
Does creating small high schools have a beneficial impact on daily attendance? This question was addressed using time series analysis to examine the case of one urban transfer high school that serves students who previously dropped out of school. This analytical approach is uniquely suitable to examine the dynamical processes characterizing…
Descriptors: Small Schools, High Schools, Attendance, School Size
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Koopmans, Matthijs – Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education, 2017
In the United States, high school attendance and drop-out are important policy concerns receiving extensive coverage in the research literature. Traditionally, the focus in this work is on the summary of dropout rates and mean attendance rates in specific schools, regions or socio-economic groups. However, the question how stable those attendance…
Descriptors: Attendance, Attendance Patterns, Observation, High Schools
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White, David G.; Levin, James A. – Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education, 2016
The goal of this research study has been to develop, implement, and evaluate a school reform design experiment at a continuation high school with low-income, low-performing underrepresented minority students. The complexity sciences served as a theoretical framework for this design experiment. Treating an innovative college preparatory program as…
Descriptors: Educational Change, High Schools, Low Income, Low Achievement
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Koopmans, Matthijs – Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education, 2015
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 time-independent measures, "snapshots", to analyze those outcomes, assuming that group means and their…
Descriptors: Time, Correlation, Observation, Attendance
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Stamovlasis, Dimitrios – Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education, 2014
This paper addresses some methodological issues concerning traditional linear approaches and shows the need for a paradigm shift in education research towards the Complexity and Nonlinear Dynamical Systems (NDS) framework. It presents a quantitative piece of research aiming to test the nonlinear dynamical hypothesis in education. It applies…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Systems Approach, Statistical Analysis, Science Achievement