GdipEdSE, MSpEd UWS, PhD CSU
I currently lecture in undergraduate and postgraduate Inclusive Education courses.
My philosophy of teaching involves the use of a practical meta-theory necessary to fill the space between intent and action in subject design. The approach is based upon theoretical work related to self-organisation and complex adaptive systems as these theories provide an explanation of how agents in systems work at all levels together to produce solutions to their needs and drivers. Those individual agents or participants generate collaborative solutions by working together and in doing so, they transcend their individual capacities.
As part of the inclusive education team I have utilised the six common theoretical principles derived from the field of self-organisation and complex adaptive systems (Kauffman, 1995; Prigogene & Stengers, 1984; Waldrop, 1993). Those principles are: Simple Rules, Embedded Design, Emergent Feedback, Similarity at Scale, Dispersed Control and the Common Schema, (Bain 2007). When used together these principles generate what is known as a self-generating capability that makes it possible for the parts of a system to work together so that the system can make itself (Urry, 2005).
My research interests are firmly embedded within the area of inclusive education for students who have special learning needs as well as teaching these subjects to students in undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
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