Complex systems present difficult challenges when working to understand them. You can examine these systems more easily by identifying generalized categories. As elements change, the dynamic system presents different challenges based on the perspective of the examination. Using graphic organizers as a visual tool aids in understanding the relationships present in the system. These include an outline, tables, graphics, graphic organizers, mind maps, concept maps, etc. These tools provide a picture of the elements, their relationship, interactions, and possible actions within the system.
A simple graphic organizer serves as the basis for a number of discussions. This figure below shows three elements that exist within a system and have some connection or interaction. Without context, the diagram lacks useful information. Adding the context and meaningful labels provides a step towards a clearer discussion of the system.
The example of learning
Education presents a complex system that is often examined.
In the context of education the goal becomes “learning” (7). Then the roles become “student” (1), “teacher” (2), and “content” (3).
Interaction (4): Students (1) interface directly with the content (3). This occurs through specific instructional material and other outside sources such as media, movies, and the web.
Interaction (5): Teachers (2) interface with the content (3) as part of their formal education and in continuing professional development. Also, they interact with the content (3) in other informal ways through discussion with colleagues, readings, and information sources.
Interaction (6): Lastly, students (1) and teachers (2) interface at the point of instruction. This exchange occurs formally in the classroom during instruction. Also, this relationship develops in less formal ways while instruction unfolds over time.
This model assist to understand some basic interactions in this context. However, it oversimplifies the educational system. As context and perspective change so will the visualization needed to understand the situation.
If you like to explore other examples, read our other articles here:
Graphic Organizers: CID “Larger world”
Graphic Organizers: Collaborative Education
Graphic Organizers: Collaborative Mentoring
Graphic Organizers: Collaborative Leadership
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