Chaos, Complexity, Curriculum and Culture: A Conversation

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William E. Doll, M. Jayne Fleener, John St. Julien, Donna Trueit
Peter Lang, 2005 - Education - 329 pages
Although the fields of chaos and complexity are important in a number of disciplines, they have not yet been influential in education. This book remedies this dilemma by gathering essays by authors from around the world who have studied and applied chaos and complexity theories to their teaching. Rich in its material, recursive in its interweaving of themes, conversational in its relationships, and rigorous in its analysis, the book is essential reading for undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals who deal with these important topics.

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1 A Ramist Map
Developing a More Useful Analytic
Interpreting Geometries
1 A Glimpse of Our Euclideanas index illustrationworld
7 A Phase Space Image for Characterizing the Possible
Wholes and Holes
1 Douadys Rabbit
Learning Teaching and Complexity Jens Rasmussen
1 System Selection
On the Critical Paradoxes of Cupid
Classroom Dynamics and Emergent
1 Guess My Number Problem
Aesthetics Culture and Learning
Minding Culture Laura Jewett
Chinese Aesthetics Fractals and the

6 The Cantor Set
1 Chinese Garden
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The Editors: William Doll is the V. F. and J. R. Eagles Professor of Curriculum at Louisiana State University. There he co-directs the Curriculum Theory Project and directs the Holmes Elementary Education Program. His books are A Post-Modern Perspective on Curriculum (1993), Curriculum Visions (with Noel Gough, Lang, 2002) and Internationalization of Curriculum (with Donna Trueit, Hongyu Wang, and William Pinar, Lang, 2003). Developing chaotic and complex curricula within a postmodern frame has been a project of him for years.
M. Jayne Fleener is Dean of the College of Education and the E. B. (Ted) Robert Professor of Curriculum at Louisiana State University. Her teaching and research have been in the areas of philosophy, computer science, mathematics, mathematics education, and curriculum theory. Her current research focus is on chaos and complexity sciences as applied to educational contexts. She has over forty national and international publications including the book Curriculum Dynamics: Recreating Heart (Lang, 2002). The chapter included in this book includes a problematization of New Science as it relates to postmodern inquiry.
Donna Trueit is a doctoral candidate at Louisiana State University, studying curriculum and instruction. Her current project is conceiving curriculum as a poietic space for creating «selves», drawing on principles of complexity theory, Gregory Bateson, and Charles S. Peirce. An integral part of this project regards the process, analysis and representation of postmodern inquiry. With others, she edited The Internationalization of Curriculum (Trueit, Doll, Wang, and Pinar) (Lang, 2002), and contributed «Speaking of Ghosts» to Curriculum Visions (Doll and Gough) (Lang, 2002).
John St. Julien lives and works in Lafayette, Louisiana where he consults with school districts and businesses on education and technology issues. His academic interests include learning theories, social studies instruction, computer-based instructional design, and complexity theories. He is engaged in designing after-school programs and computer-aided learning models based on the principles animating social connectionist learning and objectstructured social play. The chapter included in this book focuses on developing an analytic and logic suitable for a complex age that he hopes will prove especially useful in educational contexts.

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