Thursday, 3 March 2011

Complexity and Complex Adaptive Systems - some further references

This is a list of some of the references to Complexity Theory and Complex Adaptive Systems that I have found useful - most are focussed on the these theories as applied to the educational domain. Some of the references here are behind a subscription paywall and some are books but where possible I have given a direct link to the full text if freely available.

Campbell, J., Flynn, J. D., & Hay, J. (2003). The Group Development Process Seen Through the Lens of Complexity Theory.International Scientific Journal of Methods and Models of Complexity, 6, 1-33.(

Carr-Chellman, A. (2000). The New Sciences & Systematic Change in Education. Educational Technology, 40, 28-37

Davis, B. (2008). Complexity and Education: Vital simultaneities. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 40, (

            Davis, B. (2004). Inventions of Teaching: A Genealogy. New York: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

            Davis, B. & Sumara, D. (2006). Complexity and education: Inquiries into learning, teaching and research. New York: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates

            Fraser, S. W. & Greenhalgh, T. (2001). Complexity science: Coping with complexity: educating for capability. BMJ, 323, 799-803.

            Haggis, T. (2009). Beyond 'mutual constitution': looking at learning and context from the perspective of complexity theory. In G.J.J.Biesta, R. Edwards, & M. Thorpe (Eds.), Rethinking Contexts for Learning and Teaching: Communities, Activities and Networks (pp. 44-60). London: Routledge (of Taylor & Francis). (

            Doll, W., Jr. (1986). Prigogine: A New Sense of Order, A New Curriculum. Theory into Practice, 25, 10-16.

            Plsek, P. E. & Greenhalgh, T. (2001). Complexity science: The challenge of complexity in health care. BMJ, 323, 625-628. (

            Tosey, P. (2002). Teaching on the edge of chaos. Complexity theory, learning systems and enhancement. (

 Waldrop, M. (1992). Complexity: The Emerging Science at the Edge of Order and Chaos. London: Simon & Schuster.

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