Thinking about complexity thinking in physical education

Tinning, Richard & Rossi, Anthony (2012) Thinking about complexity thinking in physical education. In Ovens, Alan, Hopper, Tim, & Butler, Joy (Eds.) Complexity Thinking in Physical Education: Reframing Curriculum, Pedagogy and Research. Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group), London.

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In the past two decades, complexity thinking has emerged as an important theoretical response to the limitations of orthodox ways of understanding educational phenomena. Complexity provides ways of understanding that embrace uncertainty, non-linearity and the inevitable ‘messiness’ that is inherent in educational settings, paying attention to the ways in which the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. This is the first book to focus on complexity thinking in the context of physical education, enabling fresh ways of thinking about research, teaching, curriculum and learning.

Written by a team of leading international physical education scholars, the book highlights how the considerable theoretical promise of complexity can be reflected in the actual policies, pedagogies and practices of physical education (PE). It encourages teachers, educators and researchers to embrace notions of learning that are more organic and emergent, to allow the inherent complexity of pedagogical work in PE to be examined more broadly and inclusively. In doing so, Complexity Thinking in Physical Education makes a major contribution to our understanding of pedagogy, curriculum design and development, human movement and educational practice.

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ID Code: 85349
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Complexity, Schools
ISBN: 9780415507219
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Physical Education and Development Curriculum and Pedagogy (130210)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group)
Deposited On: 13 Jul 2015 23:00
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2016 14:48

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