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Applied Chaos and Complexity Theory in Education

Applied Chaos and Complexity Theory in Education
Author(s)/Editor(s): Şefika Şule Erçetin (Hacettepe University, Turkey)
Copyright: ©2016
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0460-3
ISBN13: 9781522504603
ISBN10: 1522504605
EISBN13: 9781522504610


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As a field of mathematical study, chaos and complexity theory analyzes the state of dynamical systems by evaluating how they interact, evolve, and adapt. Though this theory impacts a variety of disciplines, it also has significant influence on educational systems and settings.

Applied Chaos and Complexity Theory in Education examines the application of the theories of chaos and complexity in relation to educational systems and institutions. Featuring emergent research and perspectives on mathematical patterns in educational settings and instructional practices, this book is a comprehensive reference source for researchers, scholars, mathematicians, and graduate students.

Reviews and Testimonials

This work unites international contributors in educational management and educational administration; most contributors are from Turkey, Nigeria, and Uganda. Some topics addressed include chaotic and complex situations in girls’ education, educational leaders’ emotional intelligence, education and leadership in social networks, and chaos and complexity theory within classroom discipline. Other subjects include corruption in education in Sokoto State of Nigeria, complexity ramifications of high stakes exams, and leadership skills in complex collegiate adult groups.

– ProtoView Reviews

IGI Global’s Applied Chaos and Complexity Theory in Education illuminates a topic that may, by name, not be familiar to many individuals. Chaos and complexity theory aims to analyze the state of dynamical systems by evaluating how they interact, evolve, and adapt. Applied to education, the theories of chaos and complexity theory apply the theory in relation to educational systems and institutions. The book is a useful reference for researchers and students alike. The topics covered in the book include classroom discipline, conflict management, corruption, educational management, emotional intelligence, leadership skills, self-assessment, and social networks.
The 16 chapters in the book take the form of case studies (international in scope). One chapter deals with chaotic and complex situations in girl’s education, one chapter deals with school principals and proactive behavior, and one chapter deals with education and leadership in social networks. By way of example, let us review chapter eight, "Education and Leadership in Social Networks." The chapter, written by two scholars at Hacettepe University in Turkey, attempts to respond to the current world of social networks. The authors argue that the influence of social media in the lives of students (particularly younger students) is an access point that should be leveraged by instructors to create community, connection, and common bonds. The authors point to blogs as a way that students and instructors can connect, create community, and provide feedback for future learning. However, the authors also point to more web 2.0 staples, such as social media, as future points of access and learning. However, a challenge is presented when one considers the “flatness” of social media. One of the strengths of social media is that it provides everyone an equal playing field: all users are treated equally. However, this strength is also a negative in the context of instruction: the challenge and blessing of social media will be simultaneously harnessing and controlling this reality. The article ends with recommendations, references, and key terms and definitions.
The book contains a large index that facilitates searching. Overall, the book is a useful resource for researchers and students alike as they attempt to navigate this new world. This book is recommended for academic libraries.

– Sara Mofford, ARBA Reviews

Author's/Editor's Biography

Şefika Erçetin (Ed.)
Şefika Şule Erçetin graduated from the Faculty of Economics, Administrative and Social Sciences Department of Business Administration at Anadolu University in 1984. In 1987 she has started to work as research assistant at the Division of Educational Administration, Supervision, Planning, and Economics in Hacettepe University and completed the doctorate there. In 1994 she was invited by The University of Texas at Austin, where she worked as visiting scholar for six months. Since 2003 she has been working as professor. In 2009-2012 she directed many international and national projects about “organizational intelligence, municipalities, vocational education,” as project coordinator. She is the president, board member and founder member of the International Science Association (ISCASS). Along with ISCASS, Prof. Dr. Şefika Şule Erçetin organized three international symposiums and now is calling for the new international symposium “4rd International Symposium on Chaos, Complexity and Leadership (ICCLS 2016). She is editor in chief of different national and international journals She has many published articles both national and international journals. She has written seven national books, twenty four international book chapters and edited seven international books, latter of them published by SPRINGER and IGI Global. She is one of rare academicians in Turkey who interests in “chaos, complexity, quantum leadership” since 1990. She has directed many theses and she gives seminars about these topics. Other main research fields of her are comparative education policies, research methods organizational intelligence and stupidity and wisdom, leadership, migration, fuzzy logic, children at risk, women and peace studies, social media.


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