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Conceptualising debates in learning and education research

TOWARDS A COMPLEX-SYSTEMS CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK OF LEARNING

11 May 2016

A Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation seminar.

This seminar provides an overview of a paper, just published by Educational Psychologist, which proposes a conceptual framework of learning, based on perspectives and methodologies being employed in the study of complex physical and social systems to inform educational research.

The presenters, professors Michael J Jacobson and Peter Reimann, will argue that the contexts in which learning occurs are complex systems with elements or agents at different levels – including neuronal, cognitive, intra- and inter-personal and cultural — in which there are feedback interactions within and across levels of the systems so that collective properties emerge from the behaviours of the parts, often with properties that are not individually exhibited by those parts.

Part of the seminar will be devoted to an analysis the long-running "cognitive-versus-situative" learning debate and the presenters' proposition that a "complex-systems conceptual framework of learning" (CSCFL) provides a principled way to achieve a theoretical rapprochement. The seminar will conclude with a consideration of more general implications of the CSCFL for educational theory and research.

This seminar will not be available online or recorded.

Event details

  • When: 11.30am–1pm

  • Where: Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
    Education Building A35
    Click image for interactive map.

  • Cost: Free

  • RSVP: Not necessary

  • Contact: Sadhbh Warren
    T: +61 9351 2612
    E: sadhbh.warren@sydney.edu.au

  • More info: Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch to eat during the event.

  • Speakers: Michael J Jacobson is a professor and Chair of Education in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work, an honorary associate in the School of Medical Sciences, and co-director of the Learning, Cognition and Brain Research Group at The University of Sydney. In addition, he is an affiliate at the New England Complex Systems Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His research focuses on the design of immersive virtual worlds and agent-based modelling and visualisation tools to foster deep conceptual understanding, conceptual change and knowledge transfer in challenging conceptual domains, as well as the implications of complex systems and complexity for learning, policy and theory. Professor Jacobson has published extensively in areas related to the learning sciences and technology, including numerous scientific papers, book chapters and two books. He is also the founder and CEO of Pallas Advanced Learning Systems, which is an edtech startup company based in Sydney.

    Peter Reimann is a professor of Education and co-director of the Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation at The University of Sydney. His primary research areas have been in the learning and cognitive sciences, especially multimedia- and knowledge-based learning environments, eLearning, and the development of evaluation and assessment methods for the effectiveness of computer-based technologies. Professor Reimann's current research activities include the analysis of individual and group problem-solving/learning processes and possible support by means of ICT, as well as analysis of the use of mobile information technology in informal learning settings, including the outdoors and in cultural buildings such as museums.

Conceptualising debates in learning and education research

Where Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Education Building A35
Click image for interactive map.

When

11 May 2016


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