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Wetzels, Annemie; Steenbeek, Henderien; Van Geert, Paul – Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education, 2016
This article describes the effectiveness and sustainability of teacher professional development interventions from a complexity viewpoint as well as a more "standard" viewpoint. The first aim of this study is to give a theoretical overview of effective aspects of interventions regarding teachers' professionalizing using recent…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Instructional Effectiveness, Intervention, Instructional Design
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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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Kershner, Brad; McQuillan, Patrick – Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education, 2016
This paper utilizes the theoretical framework of complexity theory to compare and contrast leadership and educational change in two urban schools. Drawing on the notion of a complex adaptive system--an interdependent network of interacting elements that learns and evolves in adapting to an ever-shifting context--our case studies seek to reveal the…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Educational Change, Case Studies, Leadership Effectiveness
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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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Wood, Jeffrey – Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education, 2015
This paper presents findings from an eleven-year ethnographic study which describes how three children used different sign systems to become literate, to define who they are and to construct their literate identity. They each engaged with literacies in powerful and life transforming ways. Each child used multiple literacies to learn, understand…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Multiple Literacies, Semiotics, Semantics
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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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Curin, Raquel Isabel Barrera – Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education, 2015
At one time or another, all researchers in mathematics education must face the rather complex question of their epistemological foundations. Discussing epistemological foundations naturally leads to a conversation about theories. Theories and epistemological foundations work in a circular fashion: theories can have epistemological foundations and…
Descriptors: Epistemology, Mathematics Education, Educational Researchers, Educational Research
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Sanford, Katherine Jane; Hopper, Timothy Frank; Starr, Lisa – Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education, 2015
In order for teacher education programs to act as significant scaffolds in supporting new teachers to become informed, creative and innovative members of a highly complex and valuable profession, we need to re-imagine ways in which teacher education programs operate. We need to re-imagine how courses are conceptualized and connected, how learning…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, Case Studies
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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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Cumming, Tamara – Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education, 2015
The purpose of this article is to explore the complex interrelations between educators' work environments and their experiences as an entryway for thinking differently about workforce stability and sustainability. Concepts of macro- and micropolitics (drawn from the work of Deleuze and Guattari) are used to explore one educator's experiences in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Educational Environment, Work Environment
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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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Collins, Steve; Ting, Hermia – Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education, 2014
The profession of teaching is unique because of the extent to which a teacher becomes involved in the lives of their "clients". The level of care required to support students well can be intense, confusing, and overwhelming. Relationships co-evolve within an ever-changing process and care is considered an essential aspect of complex relationships…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Caring, Ethics, Guidelines
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