Theoretical issues: Indicators of decentralized and centralized causality as a gauge for students' understanding of complex systems

Lauren A. Barth-Cohen

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Abstract

One approach to conceptualizing students' reasoning about complex systems focuses on what I refer to as a series of indicators which function as a gauge for students understanding. Some indicators are associated with centralized causality, a common student difficulty, and some indicators are associated with decentralized causality, a more normative understanding. In this paper, I summarize this approach, and then I discuss a series of embedded theoretical issues such as problematic dichtomous pairing of indicators, ambiguity about kinds of cognitive entities of indicators, context dependency of indicators, and the possibility of certain indicators being bootstrapped for change. I conclude with a discussion of how these results influence the coding of data of students' reasoning about complex systems and the modeling of students' knowledge about complex systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences
Subtitle of host publicationThe Future of Learning, ICLS 2012 - Proceedings
Pages291-295
Number of pages5
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012
Event10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: The Future of Learning, ICLS 2012 - Sydney, NSW, Australia
Duration: Jul 2 2012Jul 6 2012

Publication series

Name10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: The Future of Learning, ICLS 2012 - Proceedings
Volume2

Other

Other10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: The Future of Learning, ICLS 2012
CountryAustralia
CitySydney, NSW
Period7/2/127/6/12

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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    Barth-Cohen, L. A. (2012). Theoretical issues: Indicators of decentralized and centralized causality as a gauge for students' understanding of complex systems. In 10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: The Future of Learning, ICLS 2012 - Proceedings (pp. 291-295). (10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: The Future of Learning, ICLS 2012 - Proceedings; Vol. 2).