Learning about complexity and beyond: Theoretical and methodological implications for the learning sciences

Michael J. Jacobson, Uri Wilensky, Peter Reimann, Pratim Sengupta, Michelle Wilkerson-Jerde, Manu Kapur

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Abstract

This paper provides an overview of a symposium that explored the implications of complexity for the field of the learning sciences. Two papers explored aspects of learning about complex systems in the domains of physics and electricity and of the mathematics of change and variation. The third paper viewed learning from a complexity perspective as an emergent phenomenon, and proposes to compliment traditional quantitative and qualitative methodologies used in learning sciences research with computational agent-based modeling methods. The fourth paper is a "theoretical case study" in which an "ontological network theory" based on scale free networks is proposed, and then used to reframe the debate in the learning sciences concerning "coherent knowledge" versus "knowledge-in-pieces" theories of conceptual change. Overall, it is hoped this session stimulated interest in new theoretical and methodological "lenses" for understanding the challenges of learning about complex systems and for doing research into learning as complex systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages187-194
Number of pages8
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010
Event9th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2010 - Chicago, IL, United States
Duration: Jun 29 2010Jul 2 2010

Other

Other9th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2010
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityChicago, IL
Period6/29/107/2/10

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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