Cultivating tipping points: Network science in teaching

Catherine Cramer*, Ralucca Gera, Michaela Labriole, Hiroki Sayama, Lori Sheetz, Emma Towlson, Stephen Uzzo

*Corresponding author for this work

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Current education systems continue to be based predominantly on reduc-tionist mindsets in which teaching is conducted on a subject-by-subject and module-by-module basis. Improvement is planned and implemented using a linear, causal, independent-problem-to-solution approach, with very little consideration given to the interconnectedness among the various components and ideas involved in these complex knowledge systems. This situation presents a need to think about how understanding these connections can improve the learning of complex ideas. It also constitutes an opportunity to provide a multifaceted intervention for communities of learners, which would, itself, be a coordinated network of collaborative efforts to develop a network literate populace. In this paper, the authors describe addressing these issues through a multi-phase, multi-year approach to professional development with formal and informal educators; the outcomes of this work; and next steps.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpringer Proceedings in Complexity
EditorsSean Cornelius, Kate Coronges, Bruno Goncalves, Roberta Sinatra, Alessandro Vespignani
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media B.V.
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9783319731971
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event9th International Conference on Complex Networks, CompleNet 2018 - Boston, United States
Duration: 2018 Mar 52018 Mar 8

Publication series

NameSpringer Proceedings in Complexity
ISSN (Print)2213-8684
ISSN (Electronic)2213-8692


Other9th International Conference on Complex Networks, CompleNet 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Computer Science Applications


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