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ERIC Number: EJ1157864
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Dec
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0742-5627
Using Concepts from Complexity Science to Accelerate Curricular Revision
Goldman, Ellen F.; Mintz, Matthew L.
Innovative Higher Education, v42 n5-6 p437-449 Dec 2017
Curricular revision can be an arduous and challenging process. The literature favors a rational planned process for doing so, but offers little advice regarding how to proceed when the time required for such an approach is not available. This article describes our use of four concepts from complexity science to revise a medical school curriculum in 11 months: process "emergence" rather than prescription, "simple rules" to guide and align faculty members, consistent application of "fractals" to provide a coherent image of organizational activity, and continuous "adaptation" of the revision process. These concepts can be applied to curricular revision in any field of study.
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Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia
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