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Koponen, Ismo T.; Kokkonen, Tommi; Nousiainen, Maiji – Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education, 2017
We discuss here conceptual change and the formation of robust learning outcomes from the viewpoint of complex dynamic systems (CDS). The CDS view considers students' conceptions as context dependent and multifaceted structures which depend on the context of their application. In the CDS view the conceptual patterns (i.e. intuitive conceptions…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Systems Approach, Intuition, Context Effect
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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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Barney, Lee S.; Maughan, Bryan D. – Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education, 2015
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 than complex alternatives. These simple types of learning environments frustrate students' development of the risk-¬≠taking and choice…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Teaching Methods, Learning Processes, Risk
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Koopmans, Matthijs – Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education, 2014
Causality is an inextricable part of the educational process, as our understanding of what works in education depends on our ability to make causal attributions. Yet, the research and policy literature in education tends to define causality narrowly as the attribution of educational outcomes to intervention effects in a randomized control trial…
Descriptors: Attribution Theory, Educational Research, Educational Practices, Change
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Guevara, Porfirio – Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education, 2014
This article identifies elements and connections that seem to be relevant to explain persistent aggregate behavioral patterns in educational systems when using complex dynamical systems modeling and simulation approaches. Several studies have shown what factors are at play in educational fields, but confusion still remains about the underlying…
Descriptors: Demography, Models, Simulation, Systems Approach