Complexity Theory and the Philosophy of Education

Complexity Theory and the Philosophy of Education

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English
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A collection of scholarly essays, Complexity Theory and the Philosophy of Education provides an accessible theoretical introduction to the topic of complexity theory while considering its broader implications for educational change.
  • Explains the contributions of complexity theory to philosophy of education, curriculum, and educational research
  • Brings together new research by an international team of contributors
  • Debates issues ranging from the culture of curriculum, to the implications of work of key philosophers such as Foucault and John Dewey for educational change
  • Demonstrates how social scientists and social and education policy makers are drawing on complexity theory to answer questions such as: why is it that education decision-makers are so resistant to change; how does change in education happen; and what does it take to make these changes sustainable?
  • Considers changes in use of complexity theory; developed principally in the fields of physics, biology, chemistry, and economics, and now being applied more broadly to the social sciences and to the study of education

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Published 23 February 2009
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Foreword: Complexity and knowledge systems MA.P
Complexity Theory and the Philosophy of Education MM
Educational Philosophy and the Challenge of Complexity Theory KM
What Is Complexity Theory and What Are Its Implications for Educational Change? MM
Complexity and Education: Vital simultaneities BD
Three Generations of Complexity Theories: Nuances and ambiguities MAJ
Re-reading Dewey through the Lens of Complexity Science, or: On the creative logic of education IS
Foucault as Complexity Theorist: Overcoming the problems of classical philosophical analysis MO
Complex Systems and Educational Change: Towards a new research agenda JL.L&NH.S
Human Research and Complexity Theory JH
Complexity and Truth in Educational Research MR
‘Knowledge Must Be Contextual’: Some possible implications of complexity and dynamic systems theories for educational research TH
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Complexity and Educational Research: A critical reflection LK
Complexity and the Culture of Curriculum WE.D
From Representation to Emergence: Complexity’s challenge to the epistemology of schooling DO,GB&PC
Educating Consciousness through Literary Experiences DS,RLK&TI
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