GLOSSARY INQUIRY: COMPLEXITY SCIENCE
Complexity science is the study of adaptive, self-organizing systems—that is, learning systems—which resist explanation in terms of the reductive methods used in most traditional science.
Complexity science focuses on the dynamic relationships and patterns among phenomena rather than the static properties of isolated objects. Its explanatory framework and core concepts—which include emergence, evolution and embodiment—have been adopted by mathematicians, biologists, physical scientists and social scientists, as well as many thinkers in the humanities.
Many educators have used complexity science to understand, explain and explore their experiences of teaching, learning, classrooms and other educational activities.
See related terms: System, Evolution, Emergence, Learning, Embodiment, Science.