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Complexity Theory and the Philosophy of Education

A collection of scholarly essays, Complexity Theory and the Philosophy of Education provides an accessible theoretical introduction to the topic of complexity theory while considering its broader implications for educational change. * Explains the contributions of complexity theory to philosophy of education, curriculum, and educational research * Brings together new research by an international team of contributors * Debates issues ranging from the culture of curriculum, to the implications of work of key philosophers such as Foucault and John Dewey for educational change * Demonstrates how social scientists and social and education policy makers are drawing on complexity theory to answer questions such as: why is it that education decision-makers are so resistant to change; how does change in education happen; and what does it take to make these changes sustainable? * Considers changes in use of complexity theory; developed principally in the fields of physics, biology, chemistry, and economics, and now being applied more broadly to the social sciences and to the study of education
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Table of Contents

Foreword: Complexity and knowledge systems (Michael A. Peters). 1. Complexity Theory and the Philosophy of Education (Mark Mason). 2. Educational Philosophy and the Challenge of Complexity Theory (Keith Morrison). 3. What Is Complexity Theory and What Are Its Implications for Educational Change? (Mark Mason). 4. Complexity and Education: Vital simultaneities (Brent Davis). 5. Three Generations of Complexity Theories: Nuances and ambiguities (Michel Alhadeff-Jones). 6. Re-reading Dewey through the Lens of Complexity Science, or: On the Creative Logic of Education (Inna Semetsky). 7. Foucault as Complexity Theorist: Overcoming the problems of classical philosophical analysis (Mark Olssen). 8. Complex Systems and Educational Change: Towards a new research agenda (Jay L. Lemke and Nora H. Sabelli). 9. Human Research and Complexity Theory (James Horn). 10. Complexity and Truth in Educational Research (Mike Radford). 11. Knowledge Must Be Contextual : Some possible implications of complexity and dynamic systems theories for educational research (Tamsin Haggis). 12. Complexity and Educational Research: A critical reflection (Lesley Kuhn). 13. Complexity and the Culture of Curriculum (William E. Doll). 14. From Representation to Emergence: Complexity's challenge to the epistemology of schooling (Deborah Osberg, Gert Biesta and Paul Cilliers). 15. Educating Consciousness through Literary Experiences (Dennis Sumara, Rebecca Luce-Kapler and Tammy Iftody). Notes on Contributors. Index.

About the Author

Dr. Mark Mason is Associate Professor in Philosophy and Educational Studies in the Faculty of Education at the University of Hong Kong, where he is also Director of the Comparative Education Research Centre (CERC). He has written and edited a variety of books in the field, most recently Changing Education: Leadership, Innovation and Development in a Globalizing Asia Pacific (2007).

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