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McAndrew, Donald A. – English Journal, 1997
Describes three recent scientific theories (chaos theory, complexity theory, and fuzzy logic) and shows how they serve as metaphors for understanding English teaching. (SR)
Descriptors: Chaos Theory, English Instruction, Higher Education, Scientific Concepts
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Moseley, Bryan; Dustin, Daniel – College Teaching, 2008
In this article, the authors advance a metaphor born of chaos theory that views the college classroom as a complex dynamical system. The authors reason further that "teaching as chaos" provides a more accurate representation of the teaching-learning process than the existing linear scientific metaphors on which traditional learning assessments are…
Descriptors: Figurative Language, Teaching Methods, Higher Education, Teacher Effectiveness
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Shulman, Graham – Journal of Child Psychotherapy, 2010
This article discusses the impact of the damaged object on the development and functioning of psychic life with particular reference to the sense of reality. The damaged object is of pivotal significance in Klein's and Winnicott's models of psychic development and experience in early infancy. A key dimension of the development and functioning of…
Descriptors: Psychiatry, Cognitive Ability, Mental Health, Imagination
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Pryor, Robert G. L.; Bright, Jim – Australian journal of Career Development, 2003
Four theoretical streams--contexualism/ecology, systems theory, realism/constructivism, and chaos theory--contributed to a theory of individuals as complex, unique, nonlinear, adaptive chaotic and open systems. Individuals use purposive action to construct careers but can make maladaptive and inappropriate choices. (Contains 42 references.) (SK)
Descriptors: Careers, Change, Constructivism (Learning), Context Effect
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Kinash, Shelley; Crane, Linda; Capper, John; Young, Mark; Stark, Ashley – Journal of Teaching and Learning for Graduate Employability, 2017
This paper reports on research which was conducted to explore how university students and those who had graduated and been subsequently employed, made career decisions. Specifically, through interviews and focus group discussions with 22 university students and 28 graduates from Australian undergraduate and postgraduate courses in a variety of…
Descriptors: College Students, Career Choice, Employment Potential, Career Development
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Fichter, Lynn S.; Pyle, E. J.; Whitmeyer, S. J. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2010
To say Earth systems are complex, is not the same as saying they are a complex system. A complex system, in the technical sense, is a group of -agents (individual interacting units, like birds in a flock, sand grains in a ripple, or individual units of friction along a fault zone), existing far from equilibrium, interacting through positive and…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Mixed Methods Research, Outcomes of Education, Scoring Rubrics
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Shulman, Vivian; Sullivan, Susan – Education and Urban Society, 2015
This study examines two case studies of failed leadership in school-based professional development. We describe the two initiatives and look to current leadership theories to help account for the events that occurred. The sociologist Bourdieu's concept of "habitus" offers an approach to understanding the relationship between individual…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Instructional Leadership, Failure, Theories
Varbelow, Sonja – Online Submission, 2012
This paper explores the relationship between society and school from the point of view of chaos theory with the purpose to understand the deficiencies in teacher education programs and to offer suggestions for their improvement. Based on the ideas of the postmodern curriculum theorist William Doll, it examines the paradigm shifts of world views…
Descriptors: Curriculum, Instruction, Educational Philosophy, Preservice Teacher Education
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Laycraft, Krystyna – Roeper Review, 2009
Dabrowski's theory of positive disintegration describes patterns and explains mechanisms of human development and has been successfully applied to understanding of gifted individuals. This article shows how the concepts of chaos theory and self-organization such as the sensitivity to initial conditions, positive and negative feedback, bifurcation…
Descriptors: Gifted, Personality, Adjustment (to Environment), Depression (Psychology)
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Rivera, Edil Torres; Wilbur, Michael; Frank-Saraceni, James; Roberts-Wilbur, Janice; Phan, Loan T.; Garrett, Michael T. – Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 2005
Group phenomena and interactions are described through the use of the chaos theory constructs and characteristics of sensitive dependence on initial conditions, phase space, turbulence, emergence, self-organization, dissipation, iteration, bifurcation, and attractors and fractals. These constructs and theoretical tenets are presented as applicable…
Descriptors: Fractals, Figurative Language, Physics, Mathematical Models
Mason, Eric L. – ProQuest LLC, 2014
Two-year community colleges are commissioned to close the assessment-outcome loop, which includes the research site for this study. This action research study, which utilized quantitative and qualitative data sets, was designed to close the assessments, learning outcomes and the professional development budget proposal process gap. The developed…
Descriptors: Professional Development, Outcomes of Education, Action Research, Two Year College Students
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Newman, Isadore; And Others – Mid-Western Educational Researcher, 1993
Introduces the basic concepts of chaos theory and chaos modeling. Relates chaos theory to qualitative research and factor analysis. Describes some current research in education and psychology using chaos theory. Claims that the philosophical implications of chaos theory have been misapplied in practical terms. (KS)
Descriptors: Behavioral Science Research, Chaos Theory, Educational Research, Higher Education
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Randall, William L. – Interchange: A Quarterly Review of Education, 2007
In this paper I propose that interest in "narrative" within the human sciences is comparable to interest in "chaos" within the natural sciences. In their respective ways, theories on narrative and theories on chaos are aimed at appreciating the dynamics of complex, multi-dimensional systems which otherwise resist our attempts to predict, measure,…
Descriptors: Gerontology, Natural Sciences, Sciences, Theories
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Hardy, Joy – Environmental Education Research, 1999
Explores chaos theory, the evolutionary capacity of chaotic systems, and the philosophical implications of chaos theory in general and for education. Compares the relationships between curriculum vision based on chaos theory and critical education for the environment. (Author/CCM)
Descriptors: Chaos Theory, Educational Philosophy, Environmental Education, Higher Education
Frenkiewich, Jeffrey C. – ProQuest LLC, 2012
On January 25, 2011, United States President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address to Congress and to the nation. As part of that address, President Obama articulated his vision for American education and stated that America had "to win the race to educate our kids" (Obama, 2011, state of the union). Mr. Obama's speech…
Descriptors: Slow Learners, Standardized Tests, Federal Programs, Educational Improvement
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