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The future of schooling: Children and learning at the edge of chaos

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Sugata Mitra


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© 2014, UNESCO IBE. This paper describes the effect that assistive technologies, such as paper, printing, protractors, logarithm tables, computers, and the Internet, have on pedagogy. It reports the results of experiments with self-organising systems in primary education and develops the concept of a self-organised learning environment (SOLE). It then describes how SOLEs operate, and their possible effects on primary education in remote areas, and discusses the implications of the physics of complex systems and their possible connection with self-organised learning amongst children. Finally, it proposes a change in the examination system that would incorporate the Internet and concepts of self-organisation into schooling.

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Author(s): Mitra S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Prospects

Year: 2014

Volume: 44

Issue: 4

Pages: 547-558

Print publication date: 01/12/2014

Online publication date: 29/10/2014

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

ISSN (print): 0033-1538

ISSN (electronic): 1573-9090

Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers


DOI: 10.1007/s11125-014-9327-9


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