A complex systems approach to education in Switzerland

R. Frei

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    The insights gained from the study of complex systems in biological, social, and engineered systems enables us not only to observe and understand, but also to actively design systems which will be capable of successfully coping with complex and dynamically changing situations. The methods and mindset required for this approach have been applied to educational systems with their diverse levels of scale and complexity. Based on the general case made by Yaneer Bar-Yam, this paper applies the complex systems approach to the educational system in Switzerland. It confirms that the complex systems approach is valid. Indeed, many recommendations made for the general case have already been implemented in the Swiss education system. To address existing problems and difficulties, further steps are recommended. This paper contributes to the further establishment complex systems approach by shedding light on an area which concerns us all, which is a frequent topic of discussion and dispute among politicians and the public, where billions of dollars have been spent without achieving the desired results, and where it is difficult to directly derive consequences from actions taken. The analysis of the education system's different levels, their complexity and scale will clarify how such a dynamic system should be approached, and how it can be guided towards the desired performance.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAdvances in artificial life, ECAL 2011
    Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the eleventh European conference on synthesis and simulation of living systems
    EditorsTom Lenaerts, Mario Giacobini, Hugues Bersini, Paul Bourgine, Marco Dorigo, Rene Doursat
    ISBN (Print)9780262297141
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    EventECAL 2011, 20th anniversary edition, back to the origins of alife - Paris, France
    Duration: 8 Aug 201112 Aug 2011


    ConferenceECAL 2011, 20th anniversary edition, back to the origins of alife


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