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dc.contributor.advisorGilbert, Jane
dc.contributor.authorMyburgh, Danielle
dc.date.accessioned2018-09-17T00:46:08Z
dc.date.available2018-09-17T00:46:08Z
dc.date.copyright2018
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10292/11811
dc.description.abstractMajor changes in the world have led to what some scholars are calling ‘post-normal times’, an age characterised by uncertainty, unpredictability, rapid change, complexity, chaos and contradiction. Some have argued that, as a result of these developments, major reform is required in education. The reforms argued for are widely known as ‘future-focused’ education. In the past, education reform efforts have often encountered unanticipated complexity which has derailed or diluted their implementation. This thesis argues that past reform efforts have been limited by their assumption of a reductionist paradigm. It describes a study designed to test the usefulness of complexity thinking for understanding and implementing the kinds of changes needed in ‘post-normal’ education. The project involved designing a ‘safe-to-fail experiment’, in the form of a MOOC, to investigate whether the system could be ‘nudged’ to produce conditions under which future-focused change can emerge. The effects of this experiment were investigated via a complexity-informed case study of some of the MOOC participants. The study found that the system was influenced by this ‘safe-to-fail experiment’. However, deeper analysis revealed a more nuanced system of negative feedback loops acting to constrain the possibilities for system-wide, future-focused change. This study concludes by suggesting that complexity-oriented research approaches are probably most useful, at this point in time, for identifying and exploring the nature of the system’s homeostasis-maintaining feedback loops. Such attempts to ‘see the system’ are likely to suggest fruitful sites for further experimentation.en_NZ
dc.language.isoenen_NZ
dc.publisherAuckland University of Technology
dc.subjectComplexityen_NZ
dc.subjectComplexity theoryen_NZ
dc.subjectComplexity thinkingen_NZ
dc.subjectSafe to fail probesen_NZ
dc.subjectSafe to fail experimentsen_NZ
dc.subjectReductionismen_NZ
dc.subjectEducation reformen_NZ
dc.subjectFuture-focused educationen_NZ
dc.subjectMOOCsen_NZ
dc.subjectEmergenceen_NZ
dc.subjectCase studyen_NZ
dc.subjectFeedback loopen_NZ
dc.subjectMethodologyen_NZ
dc.titleUsing Complexity Thinking and MOOCs to Disrupt Current Debates on Educational Futuresen_NZ
dc.typeThesisen_NZ
thesis.degree.grantorAuckland University of Technology
thesis.degree.levelMasters Theses
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Educationen_NZ
dc.rights.accessrightsOpenAccess
dc.date.updated2018-09-14T03:10:35Z


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