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ERIC Number: EJ883740
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1052-4800
Exploring Creativity by Linking Complexity Learning to Futures-Based Research Proposals
Bolton, Michael J.
Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, v20 n4 p73-103 2009
Traditional teaching models based on linear approaches to instruction arguably are of limited value in preparing students to handle complex, dynamic real-world problems. As such, they are undergoing increased scrutiny by scholars in various disciplines. The author argues that nonlinear approaches to higher education such as those founded on principles of complexity theory, chaos theory, and complex adaptive systems theory may offer a creative and effective way to prod students to take risks and play with ideas even when fear of failure is present. The author calls this technique "complexity learning" and discusses his efforts to link it to futures-based research proposals. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A