Learning and thinking in practice: Complex systems thinking "in the wild"

Izabel Duarte Olson, Ananda Marin, Douglas Medin, Alon Hirsh, Sharona T. Levy, Megan Bang, Priya Pugh, Megan McGinnity, Uri Wilensky

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Research in the field of learning sciences demonstrates that various forms of knowledge are created through participation in diverse but often undervalued community practices (Nasir, Rosebery, Warren, & Lee, 2006). However, knowledge created in practice is not traditionally explored in research about complex systems thinking (Duarte Olson, Forthcoming). This session seeks to recognize and capitalize on the wealth of complex systems knowledge learned through everyday practices in informal contexts. We present arguments that are grounded in research taking place in four different communities-with Brazilian samba schools, triathletes, Native Americans, and environmental educators. The goal of the symposium is to discuss (1) how complex systems thinking can be developed through different practices in informal environments, and (2) how an under-representation of diverse samples and phenomena may eschew our understanding of complex systems thinking.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1372-1381
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS
Issue numberJanuary
StatePublished - 2014
Event11th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: Learning and Becoming in Practice, ICLS 2014 - Boulder, United States
Duration: 23 Jun 201427 Jun 2014

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  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education


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