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Application of Complexity theory to Educational decision-making process: A model for democratic school change

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Authors
Park, Hyu-Yong
Issue Date
2018-12
Publisher
서울대학교 교육종합연구원
Citation
The SNU Journal of Education Research, Vol.27 No.4, pp. 19-39
Keywords
educational decision-making process (EDP)complexity theorychaosdemocracyschool policy
Abstract
This paper attempts to apply the Complexity Theory as nonlinear dynamics system to educational decision-making process as a metaphor. Different from conventional form of linear and static approaches, the chaotic characters of the Complexity Theory provide nonlinear, dynamic, and creative ways of decision-making process. For the application, this paper adopted three major variables from the Complexity Theory: attractors, bifurcations, and the fractal structure. Based on the three concepts, this paper applied the theoretical implications of the Complexity Theory to a school’s case, La Escuela Fratney school, and developed a model for democratic school change. Finally, the implications of this modeling and the application are discussed. This suggested model could broaden the horizon of schools’ policy-making practices in more democratic ways, facilitated by diverse, open, and self-regulative movements, rather than linear, directive, and hierarchical processes.
ISSN
1225-5335
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/168535
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