|Appears in Collections:||Faculty of Social Sciences Book Chapters and Sections|
|Title:||Beyond 'mutual constitution': looking at learning and context from the perspective of complexity theory|
|Citation:||Haggis T (2009) Beyond 'mutual constitution': looking at learning and context from the perspective of complexity theory. In: Edwards Richard, Biesta Gert, Thorpe Mary (ed.). Rethinking Contexts for Learning and Teaching: Communities, Activities and Networks, Oxford, U.K.: Routledge (of Taylor & Francis), pp. 44-60.|
|Keywords:||learning, complexity theory, sociocultural approaches, context|
|Abstract:||First paragraph: The question of ‘mobilising learning across domains’ seems to directly contradict the notion of learning as situated, and tied up with the particularities of context. The requirement to consider such different ideas together, however, signifies something of the range of competing agendas, theoretical concepts and divergent histories which characterise the state of contemporary learning theory. This chapter will argue that some of the conceptual difficulties involved in theorising learning are the result of a clash between, on the one hand, a range of perspectives which have come to the conclusion that ‘knowledge must be contextual’ (Byrne, 2005a), and, on the other, a prevailing ontology which declares that contextual knowledge can only ever be ‘idiosyncratic’(Bassey, 1984, in Marsden, 2007). Evolving interpretations of situated learning, activity theory and actor network theory all attempt to deal with the difficulties that this creates. This chapter will explore how complexity theory, as a perspective which ‘arises among’ other discourses, rather than ‘over them’ (Davis & Sumara, 2006:8), offers a means of exploring some of the issues involved in contemporary articulations of knowledge, learning, cognition, and context in more detail.|
|Rights:||Published in Rethinking Contexts for Learning and Teaching: Communities, Activities and Networks by Routledge (of Taylor & Francis). This is an electronic version of a book chapter published in Rethinking Contexts for Learning and Teaching: Communities, Activities and Networks, February 2009, pp. 44 - 60. Rethinking Contexts for Learning and Teaching: Communities, Activities and Networks can be found online at: http://www.routledgeeducation.com/books/Rethinking-Contexts-for-Learning-and-Teaching-isbn9780415467766|
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