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Chaos theory, dissipative structures analysis, and complexity theory have all been used in various branches of the sciences to examine patterns of change in complex systems. This paper considers how educational theory and research can benefit from changes in scientific fields as diverse as quantum mechanics, fluid dynamics, geology, and economics and adapt to meet the needs of students and society in the changing world of the coming century. Special characteristics of learning organizations are presented that relate open systems and shifting world views to complexity theory. The cornerstones of learning organizations include systems thinking, personal mastery, mental models, the building of shared vision, and team learning. Suggestions for transforming schools are offered to counter the traditional approaches to understanding the nature of learning and organizational change. These traditional approaches often lack vision and are unable to cope with change. A systems approach considers the transformation of schooling within the dynamic environment that relates schools with other social and political institutions. Contains 16 references. (Author/LMI)

Descriptors: Educational Theories, Elementary Secondary Education, Organizational Change, Organizational Theories, Scientific and Technical Information, Systems Approach

Author: Fleener, M. Jayne

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=12484&id=ED384105

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