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Complex dynamical systems in education : concepts, methods and applications

Author: Matthijs Koopmans; Dimitrios Stamovlasis
Publisher: New York, NY : Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2016.
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This book capitalizes on the developments in dynamical systems and education by presenting some of the most recent advances in this area in seventeen non-overlapping chapters. The first half of the book discusses the conceptual framework of complex dynamical systems and its applicability to educational processes. The second half presents a set of empirical studies that that illustrate the use of various research  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Koopmans, Matthijs.
Complex Dynamical Systems in Education : Concepts, Methods and Applications.
Cham : Springer International Publishing, ©2016
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Matthijs Koopmans; Dimitrios Stamovlasis
ISBN: 9783319275772 3319275771
OCLC Number: 941696493
Notes: Statistical and Methodological Issues.
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Preface; Contents; About the Contributors; Chapter 1: Introduction to Education as a Complex Dynamical System; References; Chapter 2: Re-searching Methods in Educational Research: A Transdisciplinary Approach; The Question of Questions; The "Why" of Educational Research; Method of Methods; Re-searching the Culture of Method; Making a Difference Through Educational Research; References; Chapter 3: A Batesonian Perspective on Qualitative Research and Complex Human Systems; Introduction; Clash of Paradigms and Conflicting Assumptions; Systems Thinking and Complex Systems. Research as and About Complex SystemsGetting Past the Limitations of "The Researcher" and "The Research" as Separate and Special; References; Chapter 4: Emergence, Self-Transcendence, and Education; Introduction; The Rise of the Idea of Emergence; The Inadequacy of Self-Organization; A New Logic for Emergence: Self-Transcending Constructions; G.H. Mead and the Emergence of the Social Self; Conclusion: Education and the Emergence of the Social Self; References; Chapter 5: Opening the Wondrous World of the Possible for Education: A Generative Complexity Approach; Introduction. A New Framework of ComplexityA New Foundation of Education; New Theorizing on Complexity; On Generative Complexity; Learning Causality Anew in a Complex World; Understanding the Generative Nature of Causation; Conclusions About Causality; Building a New Theory of Complexity; New Theorizing on Education; A Complex Theory of Generative Change; A Possibility-Oriented Approach; Opening the World of the Possible; A New Theory of Education; Conclusions; References; Chapter 6: Towards the Teaching of Motor Skills as a System of Growing Complexity; Introduction; Motor Skills as a Subject in Education. Motor Skills as a Complex System of Hierarchical OrganizationMotor Skills Learning as a Process of Growing Complexity; Final Remarks: Insights on the Teaching of Adaptation; References; Chapter 7: The Fractal Dynamics of Early Childhood Play Development and Nonlinear Teaching and Learning; Introduction; Sociodramatic Play; Box 7.1. Seven Integrated Conditions for Learning in Early Childhood; Construction Play; The Relationship Between Assessment and Educator ScaffoldsAssessment and educator scaffolds; Brain Dynamics; Dynamic Themes Curriculum; Concluding Statement; References. Chapter 8: Ergodicity and the Merits of the Single CaseIntroduction; Merits of the Single Case; Nomothetic Versus Idiographic Perspectives; The Temporal Dimension; Ergodicity; An Example of Data Suggesting a Non-Ergodic Structure; The Dynamics of Daily High School Attendance Rates; Endogenous Processes and Feedback Loops; Concluding Remarks; References; Chapter 9: Catastrophe Theory: Methodology, Epistemology, and Applications in Learning Science; Introduction; A Brief History of Catastrophe Theory; Catastrophe Theory; Deterministic Catastrophe Theory; Stochastic Catastrophe Theory.
Responsibility: Matthijs Koopmans and Dimitrios Stamovlasis, editors.

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