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A complex systems approach to education in Switzerland

A complex systems approach to education in Switzerland
A complex systems approach to education in Switzerland
The insights gained from the study of complex systems in biological, social, and engineered systems enables us not only to observe and understand, but also to actively design systems which will be capable of successfully coping with complex and dynamically changing situations. The methods and mindset required for this approach have been applied to educational systems with their diverse levels of scale and complexity. Based on the general case made by Yaneer Bar-Yam, this paper applies the complex systems approach to the educational system in Switzerland. It confirms that the complex systems approach is valid. Indeed, many recommendations made for the general case have already been implemented in the Swiss education system. To address existing problems and difficulties, further steps are recommended. This paper contributes to the further establishment complex systems approach by shedding light on an area which concerns us all, which is a frequent topic of discussion and dispute among politicians and the public, where billions of dollars have been spent without achieving the desired results, and where it is difficult to directly derive consequences from actions taken. The analysis of the education system's different levels, their complexity and scale will clarify how such a dynamic system should be approached, and how it can be guided towards the desired performance.
242-249
MIT
Frei, R.
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Lenaerts, Tom
Giacobini, Mario
Bersini, Hugues
Bourgine, Paul
Dorigo, Marco
Doursat, Rene
Frei, R.
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Lenaerts, Tom
Giacobini, Mario
Bersini, Hugues
Bourgine, Paul
Dorigo, Marco
Doursat, Rene

Frei, R. (2011) A complex systems approach to education in Switzerland. Lenaerts, Tom, Giacobini, Mario, Bersini, Hugues, Bourgine, Paul, Dorigo, Marco and Doursat, Rene (eds.) In Advances in artificial life, ECAL 2011. MIT. pp. 242-249 .

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Abstract

The insights gained from the study of complex systems in biological, social, and engineered systems enables us not only to observe and understand, but also to actively design systems which will be capable of successfully coping with complex and dynamically changing situations. The methods and mindset required for this approach have been applied to educational systems with their diverse levels of scale and complexity. Based on the general case made by Yaneer Bar-Yam, this paper applies the complex systems approach to the educational system in Switzerland. It confirms that the complex systems approach is valid. Indeed, many recommendations made for the general case have already been implemented in the Swiss education system. To address existing problems and difficulties, further steps are recommended. This paper contributes to the further establishment complex systems approach by shedding light on an area which concerns us all, which is a frequent topic of discussion and dispute among politicians and the public, where billions of dollars have been spent without achieving the desired results, and where it is difficult to directly derive consequences from actions taken. The analysis of the education system's different levels, their complexity and scale will clarify how such a dynamic system should be approached, and how it can be guided towards the desired performance.

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Published date: 2011

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Local EPrints ID: 433033
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/433033
PURE UUID: 5c526c44-5261-43ca-9edd-1cd912d32734
ORCID for R. Frei: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-0953-6413

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Last modified: 13 Aug 2020 01:52

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Author: R. Frei ORCID iD
Editor: Tom Lenaerts
Editor: Mario Giacobini
Editor: Hugues Bersini
Editor: Paul Bourgine
Editor: Marco Dorigo
Editor: Rene Doursat

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