ERIC Number: EJ1018537
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
Structure, Agency, Complexity Theory and Interdisciplinary Research in Education Studies
Smith, John A.
Policy Futures in Education, v11 n5 p564-574 2013
This article argues that Education Studies needs to develop its existing interdisciplinarity understanding of structures and agencies by giving greater attention to the modern process theories of self-organisation in the physical, biological, psychological and social sciences, sometimes given the umbrella term "complexity theory". The relation of humans to the biosphere is topicalised, including the social role of the emotions presented by evolutionary psychology and learning theory. Further, Education Studies is seen as a suitable discipline for bringing these concerns into the broader intellectual culture and the curriculum. A number of proposals for reform are presented in the conclusion.
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Systems Approach, Social Theories, Evolution, Psychology, Learning Theories, Ecology, Education, College Curriculum, Curriculum Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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