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Title: Approaching complexity: A commentary on Keshavarz, Nutbeam, Rowling and Khavapour
Author(s): Haggis, Tamsin
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Keywords: complex adaptive systems theory
health promoting schools
qualitative research
social complex systems
Issue Date: May-2010
Citation: Haggis T (2010) Approaching complexity: A commentary on Keshavarz, Nutbeam, Rowling and Khavapour, Social Science and Medicine, 70 (10), pp. 1475-1477.
Abstract: First paragraph: In their paper, ‘‘Schools as social complex adaptive systems: A new way to understand the challenges of introducing the health promoting schools concept’’ Keshavarz, Nutbeam, Rowling, and Khavarpour (2010) have made a courageous move in attempting to apply complexity theory to the problem of how to better understand why school health programmes have not always been as successful as policy-makers have hoped. Theories of complex adaptive systems (I use complexity theory and theories of complex adaptive systems [CAS] interchangeably) arguably have the potential to examine and articulate many aspects of complex phenomena which have hitherto defied articulation by more conventional means, in both the natural and the social worlds. Working out exactly how this potential may be realised, however, is an enormous challenge.
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Rights: Published in Social Science and Medicine by Elsevier.

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