CHAOS THEORY
What is chaos?
Chaos is the science of surprises, of the nonlinear and the unpredictable. It teaches us to expect the unexpected. Chaos Theory deals with nonlinear things that are effectively impossible to predict or control.
Mention the characteristics of chaos theory in SLA
Dynamic
Complex
Nonlinear
Unpredictable
Feedback Sensitive
Mention de names of the founder of chaos theory
Henri Poincaré and Edward Lorenz
Mention 3 advantages and explain one.
More flexibility: it allows teachers and students to be able to adapt to unexpected changes.
Self-organization: due to the flexibility in planning, students are encouraged to self-organize their learning process.
Adaptive: optimizes itself according to environment
Mention the principles of chaos
The Butterfly
Unpredictability
Order / Disorder
Mixing
Unpredictable: one small action can have a disproportionate effect.
A nonlinear system: the change in the input can be totally different from the change in output.
Sensitive to initial conditions: a tiny change can have a vast effect; a small change to the initial conditions may lead to significantly different behavior.
Explain the butterfly effect
This effect grants the power to cause a hurricane in China to a butterfly flapping its wings in New Mexico. It may take a very long time, but the connection is real.
What is the role of the teacher?
Be aware that complexity provides an atmosphere that is very conductive to creativity.
Focus his effort on continuous improvement, organization, transformation and development.
Plan for the complexity and unpredictability of the classroom.
Become less concerned with detailed objectives and explicit results, and more with devising possible and probable classroom scenarios to which they can react.
How are chaos theory and education related?
a single instance of failure can affect the whole education process. . For example, not understanding one unit makes it more difficult to understand the rest of the units, thereby causing the student to fail on exams and limiting their future job choices. Applying chaos theory to today’s complex systems such as schools clearly provides a significant opportunity for change and transformation, since learning and thinking are not linear processes. Further, chaos theory suggests that the education system should not eliminate “unsuccessful” students, because they may make significant progress later.