Assuming an Epistemology of Emergence: Classrooms as Complex Adaptive Systems

Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Complexity book series (SPCOM)


This review of literature was conducted to identify practical implications of complex adaptive systems in the classroom. The article uses complexity thinking to analyze conditions for emergence. Emergence is understood in this context as a “teachable moment”, and in order for students to capitalize on these many moments, the conditions for emergence must be set by the teacher and experienced by the students.


Emergence Education Teachable moment 



Many thanks to Dr. Leslie Patterson who helped me assume a new epistemological stance.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Educational Leadership, Curriculum and InstructionTexas A&M University – Corpus ChristiCorpus ChristiUSA

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