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ERIC Number: EJ1100582
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0046-1520
Conceptualizing Debates in Learning and Educational Research: Toward a Complex Systems Conceptual Framework of Learning
Jacobson, Michael J.; Kapur, Manu; Reimann, Peter
Educational Psychologist, v51 n2 p210-218 2016
This article proposes a conceptual framework of learning based on perspectives and methodologies being employed in the study of complex physical and social systems to inform educational research. We argue that the contexts in which learning occurs are complex systems with elements or agents at different levels--including neuronal, cognitive, intrapersonal, interpersonal, cultural--in which there are feedback interactions within and across levels of the systems so that collective properties arise (i.e., emerge) from the behaviors of the parts, often with properties that are not individually exhibited by those parts. We analyze the long-running cognitive versus situative learning debate and propose that a "complex systems conceptual framework of learning" (CSCFL) provides a principled way to achieve a theoretical rapprochement. We conclude with a consideration of more general implications of the CSCFL for educational research.
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Language: English
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