AERA 2012 Program

Friday April, 13
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Roundtable Session 5
Building: Sheraton Wall Centre, Room: South Azure
Session Participants:
Chair: Sarah Smitherman Pratt (University of North Texas)
Becoming-Cyborg: A “Complicated Conversation” Concerning Cancer, Chaos, Complexity, and Collaborative Currere, Annette E. Gough (RMIT University), Noel Gough (La Trobe University)
Space, Time, Good Wine, and Conversation: Emergence of Ideas Within an Unconventional Teacher Research Group, Linda Laidlaw (University of Alberta), Lee Makovichuk (Child Study Centre), Suzanna So-Har Wong (University of Alberta), Julie Gellner (University of Alberta), Santwana Sinha (Child Study Centre), Margaret Mykietyshyn (Grant MacEwan University), Raelene Finlayson (Edmonton Public Schools), Joanne O'Mara (Deakin University)
Using a Complexity-Based Perspective to Understand Relationships among Mentoring, School Conflicts, and Novice Retention, Sheryn Waterman (University of North Carolina-Greensboro)

6:15pm to 8:15pm
Chaos and Complexity Theories SIG Business Meeting
Building: Sheraton Wall Centre, Room: South Pavilion Ballroom C
Abstract: Brief business meeting led by our sig chair, Sarah Pratt. Meeting will be followed by an invited address discussing the apparent paradoxes among chaos, complexity and coherence by Douglas Loveless Bryant Griffith, Barney Ricca, and Jeffrey Bloom. (More details to follow.)

Saturday April, 14
10:35am to 12:05pm
Roundtable Session 31
Building: Sheraton Wall Centre, Room: South Orca
Session Participants:
A Framework for Leading Emerging Education Systems “At the Edge of Chaos,” Eugene Gary Kowch (University of Calgary)
Realigning Continuous Improvement: An Epistemological Autobiography of Emergent Change, Laura M. Jewett (The University of Texas – Brownsville)
Emergence in Science Learning: Noticing New Things in New Ways, Cedric Linder (Uppsala Unversity), Rachel F. Moll (Vancouver Island University)
Chair: Michelle Jordan (Arizona State University)

2:15pm to 3:45pm
Roundtable Session 41
Building: Sheraton Wall Centre, Room: South Azure
Session Participants:
Education, Complexity Theory, Narrative Theory, and Morality, Andrew (Andy) Gordon Bruce Rathbone (University of Alberta)
To Know English Only is not Enough: Chaos Theory and Dual Language Learning, Stanley Shane Snelson (The University of Texas - Brownsville)
“Reviewing” Educational Relations: “Knowing” as Agents: Macmurray and the Complexity of Being “Persons-in-Relation”, Linda Craig (The University of Aberdeen)
Chair: Nuno Araujo (University of Coimbra)

Sunday April, 15
10:35am to 12:05pm
Assessment as a Complex Endeavor
Building: Sheraton Wall Centre, Room: South Pavilion Ballroom C
Session Participants:
Assessment in a Changing Environment, Lindsay Hetherington (University of Exeter)
Complex Classroom Discourse in Chinese Mathematics, M. Jayne Fleener (North Carolina State University), Lianfang Lu (University of Arkansas at Little Rock)
Network Analysis and Knowledge Advancement, Jun Oshima (Shizuoka University), Ritsuko Oshima (Shizuoka University), Yoshiaki Matsuzawa (Shizuoka University), Yusuke Niihara (Infocom)
Complexity and Scaling Learning Networks, Steven K. Khan (The University of British Columbia)
Chair: Louise Starkey (Victoria University of Wellington)
Discussant: Donald L. Gilstrap (Wichita State University)

2:15pm to 3:45pm
Getting to Bedrock: Diverse Perspectives on Emergence, Nonlinearity and Relationality in Education
Building: Sheraton Wall Centre, Room: North Junior Ballroom A
Session Participants:
Community Organizing-Based School Reform as Emergence, Dennis Lynn Shirley (Boston College)
Culture, Chaos, and Complexity: Catalysts for Change in Indigenous Education, Ray Barnhardt (The University of Alaska - Fairbanks)
Educational Change as a Complexity-Riddled Enterprise, Brian Robert Beabout (The University of New Orleans)
French-Speaking Educational Sciences and the Contribution of Edgar Morin’s “Paradigm of Complexity,” Michel Alhadeff-Jones (Teachers College, Columbia University)
Do-It-Yourself Education as Pedagogical/Curricular Catalyst, Debra M. Freedman (UW/UofG/PSU)
Chair: William E. Doll (Louisiana State University)
Discussant: Blane Despres (The University of British Columbia - Okanagan)
Abstract: While Chaos and Complexity theories have remained a relatively small area of the educational research universe, many of the broader ideas of our field have become common (emergence, nonlinearity, relationality, etc.). In educational research informed by feminism, anthropology, indigenous studies, critical theory, and systems theory, the importance of these concepts has become recognized as essential to the study, design, and improvement of more effective and humane educational systems. This panel will bring together scholars who are not necessarily rooted in the traditions of Chaos/Complexity research and thinking, but whose work deals directly with some of these broader issues. Brief introductory remarks by each panelist will explain how their work orients itself to some of the big ideas of the SIG, and full group discussion will explore how these divergent understandings may alter and/or revise our own.

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