Complexity as a theory of education

  • Brent Davis
  • Dennis Sumara
Keywords: curriculum theory


In their brief histories, the fields of educational research and curriculum studies have tended to adopt methodological approaches and theoretical frames from other academic domains, generally with little or no adaptation. Drawing on the transdisciplinary realm of complexity theory, we critique this tendency and argue that participation in (vs. importation of) a complexity frame might help to overcome the tendency.

Author Biographies

Brent Davis
Professor, David Robitaille Chair in Mathematics, Science, & Technology Education Department of Curriculum Studies University of British Columbia
Dennis Sumara
Professor and Head Department of Curriculum Studies Faculty of Education University of British Columbia