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ERIC Number: EJ837365
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0965-0792
Complexity Science and Educational Action Research: Toward a Pragmatics of Transformation
Davis, Brent; Sumara, Dennis
Educational Action Research, v13 n3 p453-466 Sep 2005
In this article, the authors extend Phelps & Hase's (2002) explorations of the theoretical and methodological connections of complexity theory and action research by emphasizing complexity science as the study of learning systems. By emphasizing the importance of "complexity thinking", an argument is made for conceptualizing action research as a "pragmatics of transformation" that explicitly aims to bring together the self-interests of autonomous agents into grander collective possibilities. In addition, the authors offer pragmatic advice that is relevant for the "educational" and "learning" aspects of educational action research by describing a number of conditions that need to be in place in order for complex learning systems to develop and thrive.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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