Higher education from a complexity theory perspective

Hadzieva, Elena and Videnovik, Maja and Koceska, Natasa and Trajkovik, Vladimir (2018) Higher education from a complexity theory perspective. In: International Scientific Conference - The education at the crossroads - conditions, challenges, solutions and perspectives, 10-11 Nov 2017, Bitola, Republic of Macedonia.

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Abstract

Complexity theory, as part of mathematics and physics, deals with complex systems (also called dynamical systems) in which many variables and many interactions between them, expressed as non-linear dependences, are involved. Such systems describe ever evolving processes happening in nature, where only change is a constant and unpredictability is omnipresent. The complexity theory also examines the dependencies of the processes. In what extent the outcome from one process will affect the other? As educational issues (educational system itself, class community, teaching methods, online learning, student community, student engagement, staff development, curriculum development, educational policy, local or global changes of the environment) in a great extent are behaving as complex systems, the complexity theory has inherently became well established discipline in educational research. In this paper we highlight the importance of a complexity theory as a viewpoint in educational research and we analyze three challenges present in higher educational sector from this point of view. Key words: complexity theory, higher education, processes, changes.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Natural sciences > Computer and information sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Computer Science
Depositing User: Natasa Koceska
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2019 09:58
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2019 09:58
URI: http://eprints.ugd.edu.mk/id/eprint/21173

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