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Complex Dynamical Systems in Education

Concepts, Methods and Applications

  • Matthijs Koopmans
  • Dimitrios Stamovlasis
  • Applies complex dynamical systems (CDS) approaches specifically to education

  • Captures the dynamical processes hypothesized in the dynamical literature, such as emergence, second order change, and sensitive dependence on initial conditions

  • Presents some of the most recent developments in the area of dynamical systems


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Matthijs Koopmans, Dimitrios Stamovlasis
    Pages 1-7
  3. Jeffrey Goldstein
    Pages 39-57
  4. Umberto Cesar Corrêa, Walter Roberto Correia, Go Tani
    Pages 93-103
  5. Matthijs Koopmans
    Pages 119-139
  6. Helena J. M. Pennings, Tim Mainhard
    Pages 233-271
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 395-412

About this book


This book capitalizes on the developments in dynamical systems and education by presenting some of the most recent advances in this area in seventeen non-overlapping chapters. The first half of the book discusses the conceptual framework of complex dynamical systems and its applicability to educational processes. The second half presents a set of empirical studies that 
that illustrate the use of various research methodologies to investigate complex dynamical processes in education, and help the reader appreciate what we learn about dynamical processes in education from using these approaches.


complex dynamical systems complex dynamical systems and education education systems ideographic science of education school environments teaching processes

Editors and affiliations

  • Matthijs Koopmans
    • 1
  • Dimitrios Stamovlasis
    • 2
  1. 1.School of EducationMercy CollegeDobbs FerryUSA
  2. 2.Department of Philosophy and EducationAristotle University of ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece

About the editors

Matthijs Koopmans is Associate Professor and Assessment Coordinator at the School of Education at Mercy College. His professional interests include the application of complex dynamical systems approaches in education, cause and effect relationships and nonlinear time series. He published numerous research articles and book reviews in peer-reviewed journals including Evaluation and Program Planning; Nonlinear, Dynamics, Psychology and Life Sciences, and Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity in Education. He is one of the editors of Chaos and Complexity in Psychology: The Theory of Nonlinear Dynamics, published by Cambridge University Press in 2009. He earned his Doctorate in 1988 at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dimitrios Stamovlasis is Assistant Professor of Research Methodology and Applied Statistics in Social Science at the Aristotle University, Department of Philosophy and Education. His research interests are interdisciplinary and they focus: on methodological and epistemological issues of contemporary social sciences that improve theory building; on nonlinear dynamics (complexity, catastrophe theory, entropy, and related fields) and their application to social, behavioral and life sciences; on specific research endeavors in the area of educational research concerning neo-Piagetian theories, learning, science education, problem solving, creativity and group dynamics. He published numerous research articles in peer-reviewed journals, and he served as a guest editor in the Special Issue of Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology and Life Science (2014) focused on Nonlinear Dynamics in Education. He earned his PhD at the University of Ioannina (2001) and he also holds a M.Sc. in Physical Chemistry from University of Hawaii, an MBA, and a M. Sc. in Statistics from University of Athens.

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