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Yoon, Susan A.; Goh, Sao-Ee; Yang, Zhitong – Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education, 2019
Recent research on what students know about complex systems shows that they typically have challenges in understanding particular system ideas such as nonlinearity, complex causality, and decentralized control. Yet this research has yet to adopt a systematic approach to learning about complex systems in an ordered way in line with the Next…
Descriptors: Item Response Theory, Models, Middle School Students, High School Students
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Marchand, Gwen C.; Hilpert, Jonathan C. – Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education, 2018
As complex systems approaches to research gain a foothold in educational research, educational researchers may be faced with unique study design challenges. Studies that do not target appropriate levels of analysis or do not capture variable change over time at a fine enough granularity run the risk of missing complex, dynamic, and emergent…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Educational Researchers, Research Design, Systems Approach
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Towlson, Emma K.; Sheetz, Lori; Gera, Ralucca; Roginski, Jon W.; Cramer, Catherine B.; Uzzo, Stephen; Sayama, Hiroki – Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education, 2018
Our educational systems must prepare students for an increasingly complex and interconnected future, but teachers facing this task are not equipped to prepare students to succeed. Network science--the study of how biological, social, physical and technological systems interconnect, how the structure of those connections evolve over time, and how…
Descriptors: Teacher Workshops, Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Curriculum Development
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Koopmans, Matthijs – Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education, 2018
Does creating small high schools have a beneficial impact on daily attendance? This question was addressed using time series analysis to examine the case of one urban transfer high school that serves students who previously dropped out of school. This analytical approach is uniquely suitable to examine the dynamical processes characterizing…
Descriptors: Small Schools, High Schools, Attendance, School Size
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Koopmans, Matthijs – Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education, 2017
In the United States, high school attendance and drop-out are important policy concerns receiving extensive coverage in the research literature. Traditionally, the focus in this work is on the summary of dropout rates and mean attendance rates in specific schools, regions or socio-economic groups. However, the question how stable those attendance…
Descriptors: Attendance, Attendance Patterns, Observation, High Schools
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Sayama, Hiroki; Cramer, Catherine; Sheetz, Lori; Uzzo, Stephen – Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education, 2017
This short article presents a summary of the NetSciEd (Network Science and Education) initiative that aims to address the need for curricula, resources, accessible materials, and tools for introducing K-12 students and the general public to the concept of networks, a crucial framework in understanding complexity. NetSciEd activities include (1)…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Networks, High Schools, Outreach Programs
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Koponen, Ismo T.; Kokkonen, Tommi; Nousiainen, Maiji – Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education, 2017
We discuss here conceptual change and the formation of robust learning outcomes from the viewpoint of complex dynamic systems (CDS). The CDS view considers students' conceptions as context dependent and multifaceted structures which depend on the context of their application. In the CDS view the conceptual patterns (i.e. intuitive conceptions…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Systems Approach, Intuition, Context Effect
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Stamovlasis, Dimitrios – Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education, 2017
This paper discusses investigations in science education addressing the nonlinear dynamical hypothesis. Learning science is a suitable field for applying interdisciplinary research and predominately for testing psychological theories. It was demonstrated that in this area the paradigm of complexity and nonlinear dynamics have offered theoretical…
Descriptors: Science Education, Educational Research, Research Methodology, Predictor Variables
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Fromberg, Doris Pronin – Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education, 2017
There are similar, non-linear complex dynamical systems that underlie the epigenetic development of young children. This paper discusses the confluence of research on brain functions; a body or research that informs the characteristics of young children's play and imagination; and the ways in which young children acquire fresh perceptions and…
Descriptors: Dramatic Play, Early Reading, Young Children, Brain
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Jörg, Ton – Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education, 2017
Reinventing education is the ultimate aim of this contribution. The approach taken is a radical new complexity-inspired bottom-up approach which shows complexity as the fount of creativity and innovation. Organizing complexity accordingly may be the foundation for a new complexified vision of education. It all starts with new thinking in…
Descriptors: Systems Approach, Educational Change, Creativity, Interaction
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Steenbeek, Henderien; van Vondel, Sabine; van Geert, Paul – Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education, 2017
This article concentrates on the question what kind of model--conceptual and statistical--can serve as a good working model for the study of learning and teaching processes qua processes. We claim that a good way of answering this question is to begin by observing a teaching and learning process as, where, and when it occurs. In addition, a…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Learning Processes, Group Dynamics, Models
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Pennings, Helena J. M. – Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education, 2017
In the present study, complex dynamic systems theory and interpersonal theory are combined to describe the teacher-student interactions of two teachers with different interpersonal styles. The aim was to show and explain the added value of looking at different steps in the analysis of behavioral time-series data (i.e., observations of teacher and…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Case Studies, Interpersonal Relationship, Questionnaires
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Collins, Steve; Ting, Hermia – Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education, 2017
This article differentiates approaches to school-based teacher education. It contrasts the pervasive apprenticeship model, to a "naturally integrated" school-based teacher education program that we describe as a complex learning system. Rather than view teacher education as fragmented by separating educational theory (physically based on…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Theory Practice Relationship, Systems Approach, Public Schools
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Koopmans, Matthijs – Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education, 2017
There is considerable variation in the dynamical literature in how the term "complexity" is used. While there have been several attempts to describe from an educational perspective what complexity encompasses, the term is frequently used without an explicit definition. To forge a shared understanding of what complexity means, the purpose…
Descriptors: Language Usage, Definitions, Educational Research, Educational Practices
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Ludlow, Larry; Ell, Fiona; Cochran-Smith, Marilyn; Newton, Avery; Trefcer, Kaitlin; Klein, Kelsey; Grudnoff, Lexie; Haigh, Mavis; Hill, Mary F. – Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education, 2017
Our purpose is to provide an exploratory statistical representation of initial teacher education as a complex system comprised of dynamic influential elements. More precisely, we reveal what the system looks like for differently-positioned teacher education stakeholders based on our framework for gathering, statistically analyzing, and graphically…
Descriptors: Systems Approach, Preservice Teacher Education, Statistical Analysis, Stakeholders
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