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ERIC Number: EJ1102537
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1461-0213
Embracing Connectedness and Change: A Complex Dynamic Systems Perspective for Applied Linguistic Research
Cameron, Lynne
AILA Review, v28 p28-48 2015
Complex dynamic systems (CDS) theory offers a powerful metaphorical model of applied linguistic processes, allowing holistic descriptions of situated phenomena, and addressing the connectedness and change that often characterise issues in our field. A recent study of Kenyan conflict transformation illustrates application of a CDS perspective. Key CDS concepts and tools for thinking are described. I argue that the CDS perspective can, and should, include an inherent ethical/moral dimension that applies to every choice made by researcher and participants. Adding the ecological notion of "affordances" allows the CDS metaphor to better address human creativity. Methodological principles for a CDS perspective are described. The author's Discourse Dynamics model is presented for further development and research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Kenya
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