- Mar 2018
Complexity Theory - Dynamical Systems Theory
If we want to make change we should come at a problem from as many different areas as possible.
We should be wary of the magic bullet. Complexity theory may be seen as post-structuralist or even further?
This is part of an agency structure debate.
There are varied factors that contribute to change.
The connections of neurons are more important than the number of cells are more important for consciousness or the mind. This is a good analogy for why complexity theory is so essential.
Consciousness emerges when critical mass is reached in a system.
It's hard to know how much of a factor something can be in a causal system. For example, how much do we cause do we attribute to butterfly wings causing a storm in India.
What causes change in the education system?
We need to use words like compounding effects to explain change.
We need to conceive of change in terms of speed and direction, like a mathematical function.
We need to be wary of one dimensional change or one kind of initiative. You need to think of multiple factors.
Effective intervention means intervention from every possible angle.
We need to pump resources until we have autocatalysis.
International Journal of Education Development Mark Mason