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ERIC Number: EJ940653
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 72
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1072-4303
Classrooms as Complex Adaptive Systems: A Relational Model
Burns, Anne; Knox, John S.
TESL-EJ, v15 n1 Jun 2011
In this article, we describe and model the language classroom as a complex adaptive system (see Logan & Schumann, 2005). We argue that linear, categorical descriptions of classroom processes and interactions do not sufficiently explain the complex nature of classrooms, and cannot account for how classroom change occurs (or does not occur), over time. A relational model of classrooms is proposed which focuses on the relations between different elements (physical, environmental, cognitive, social) in the classroom and on how their interaction is crucial in understanding and describing classroom action. (Contains 5 figures, 2 tables, and 1 note.)
TESL-EJ. e-mail: editor@tesl-ej.org; Web site: http://tesl-ej.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A