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ERIC Number: EJ865669
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-0260-7476
The Wicked and Complex in Education: Developing a Transdisciplinary Perspective for Policy Formulation, Implementation and Professional Practice
Bore, Anne; Wright, Nigel
Journal of Education for Teaching: International Research and Pedagogy, v35 n3 p241-256 Aug 2009
The concept of "wicked issues", originally developed in the field of urban planning, has been taken up by design educators, architects and public health academics where the means for handling "wicked issues" has been developed through "reflective practice". In the education of teachers, whilst reflective practice has been a significant feature of professional education, the problems to which this has been applied are principally "tame" ones. In this paper, the authors argue that there has been a lack of crossover between two parallel literatures. The literature on "wicked issues" does not fully recognise the difficulties with reflective practice and that in education which extols reflective practice, is not aware of the "wicked" nature of the problems which confront teachers and schools. The paper argues for a fresh understanding of the underlying nature of problems in education so that more appropriate approaches can be devised for their resolution. This is particularly important at a time when the government in England is planning to make teaching a masters level profession, briefly defined by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) benchmark statement as "Decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations". The paper begins by locating the argument and analysis of "wicked problems" within the nature of social complexity and chaos. The second part of the paper explores implications for those involved in policy formation, implementation and service provision. Given the range of stakeholders in education, the paper argues for a trans-disciplinary approach recognising the multiple perspectives and methodologies leading to the acquisition of reticulist skills and knowledge necessary to boundary cross. (Contains 5 figures and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)