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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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Marchand, Gwen C.; Hilpert, Jonathan C. – Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education, 2018
As complex systems approaches to research gain a foothold in educational research, educational researchers may be faced with unique study design challenges. Studies that do not target appropriate levels of analysis or do not capture variable change over time at a fine enough granularity run the risk of missing complex, dynamic, and emergent…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Educational Researchers, Research Design, Systems Approach
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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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Jörg, Ton – Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education, 2017
Reinventing education is the ultimate aim of this contribution. The approach taken is a radical new complexity-inspired bottom-up approach which shows complexity as the fount of creativity and innovation. Organizing complexity accordingly may be the foundation for a new complexified vision of education. It all starts with new thinking in…
Descriptors: Systems Approach, Educational Change, Creativity, Interaction
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Steenbeek, Henderien; van Vondel, Sabine; van Geert, Paul – Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education, 2017
This article concentrates on the question what kind of model--conceptual and statistical--can serve as a good working model for the study of learning and teaching processes qua processes. We claim that a good way of answering this question is to begin by observing a teaching and learning process as, where, and when it occurs. In addition, a…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Learning Processes, Group Dynamics, Models
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Pennings, Helena J. M. – Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education, 2017
In the present study, complex dynamic systems theory and interpersonal theory are combined to describe the teacher-student interactions of two teachers with different interpersonal styles. The aim was to show and explain the added value of looking at different steps in the analysis of behavioral time-series data (i.e., observations of teacher and…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Case Studies, Interpersonal Relationship, Questionnaires
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Collins, Steve; Ting, Hermia – Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education, 2017
This article differentiates approaches to school-based teacher education. It contrasts the pervasive apprenticeship model, to a "naturally integrated" school-based teacher education program that we describe as a complex learning system. Rather than view teacher education as fragmented by separating educational theory (physically based on…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Theory Practice Relationship, Systems Approach, Public Schools
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Koopmans, Matthijs – Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education, 2017
There is considerable variation in the dynamical literature in how the term "complexity" is used. While there have been several attempts to describe from an educational perspective what complexity encompasses, the term is frequently used without an explicit definition. To forge a shared understanding of what complexity means, the purpose…
Descriptors: Language Usage, Definitions, Educational Research, Educational Practices
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Ludlow, Larry; Ell, Fiona; Cochran-Smith, Marilyn; Newton, Avery; Trefcer, Kaitlin; Klein, Kelsey; Grudnoff, Lexie; Haigh, Mavis; Hill, Mary F. – Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education, 2017
Our purpose is to provide an exploratory statistical representation of initial teacher education as a complex system comprised of dynamic influential elements. More precisely, we reveal what the system looks like for differently-positioned teacher education stakeholders based on our framework for gathering, statistically analyzing, and graphically…
Descriptors: Systems Approach, Preservice Teacher Education, Statistical Analysis, Stakeholders
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Laidlaw, Linda; Wong, Suzanna So-Har – Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education, 2016
This article presents and describes how we have used notions and structures informed by complexity thinking to shape new descriptions and approaches to understanding "new literacy" practices with young learners. Using data from two studies: a two year project working with kindergarten children using drama and digital tools to develop…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Children, Kindergarten, Early Childhood Education
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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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Evans, Katherine – Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education, 2015
This paper considers the landscape of early childhood education in England to be dominated by discourses of "readiness-for-school" and "readiness-for-learning" that act to heavily stratify the educational spaces inhabited by young children. The "ready-child" is constructed as a normative identity towards which the…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Behavior Standards, Social Behavior
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Sellers, Marg – Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education, 2015
Rhizoanalysis is introduced here as a way of processing through an assemblage involving research methodology, data generation and analytical possibilities entwined within. In concert, rhizomethodology is presented as a way of working (with) data, complexly; a way of putting the Deleuzo-Guattarian philosophical imaginary of rhizome to work.…
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Systems Approach, Educational Philosophy, Educational Research
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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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Trombly, Christopher E. – Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education, 2014
As schools, districts, and the overall education system are complex entities, both the approaches taken to improve them and the methods used to study them must be similarly complex. Simple solutions imposed with no regard for schools' or districts' unique contexts hold little promise, while seemingly insignificant differences between those…
Descriptors: Schools, Systems Approach, Educational Improvement, Educational Research
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