ERIC Number: ED039774
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: 0
The Nature of Living Systems: An Exposition of the Basic Concepts in General Systems Theory.
Miller, James G.
General systems theory is a set of related definitions, assumptions, and propositions which deal with reality as an integrated hierarchy of organizations of matter and energy. In this paper, the author defines the concepts of space, time, matter, energy, and information in terms of their meaning in general systems theory. He defines a system as a set of interacting units with relationships among them and discusses several kinds of systems. The concepts of structure, process, type, level, echelon, suprasystem, and subsystem are also defined and discussed. Throughout the paper the emphasis is on the applications of these concepts to living systems. (JY)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Academy for Educational Development, Washington, DC.
Note: This is one of the support papers for "To Improve Learning; a Report to the President and the Congress of the United States by the Commission on Instructional Technology", ED 034 905