ERIC Number: EJ967435
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Education and Education Research: Moribund Fields or Dynamic Interacting Systems?
South African Journal of Higher Education, v25 n4 p635-642 2011
The complex field of education is often depicted as a static field governed by technocratic approaches to activities that characterise the field. Education change is equally viewed in such limited and positivistic ways and linear means-end processes (Hoban 2002). In such orientations to the field, educational research therefore, is about finding rule approaches and law like processes to enable change processes and renewal of the field. I argue that education, when viewed as a dynamic and complex system allows for change within boundaries and space that leads to meaningful and dynamic interactions between complex phenomena leading to open ended interactions and change possibilities that makes for a dynamic, self-renewing, rather than episodic bureaucratic change process. This in my view enables education activities to make meaningful professional and socioeconomic contributions often attributed as key functions of the field of education.
Descriptors: Education, Educational Research, Educational Change, Definitions, Intellectual Disciplines
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