Talking The Talk…Building a Common Language

One does not have to be in the field of education very long before encountering difficulty discussing education, pedagogy, paradigms and so on with colleagues because you do not share a common language. In an effort to minimize that problem, a list of  terms and concepts, each briefly defined, that may appear in my posts is presented here. As the number of posts increase, so will the length of the list.

  • Co-evolution occurs when two or more organizations change when the other changes.
  • Co-existence occurs when two or more organizations exist together or at the same time but do not change when the other changes.
  • Cognitive load refers to the demands on a person’s working memory that has limited capacity to handle information and actions.
  • Complexity is the order and structure that emerges in an apparently chaotic system.
  • Paradigm is a constellation of assumptions, beliefs, concepts, constructs, practices, tools, and values that an intellectual discipline, such as education, uses to view and guide its work.
  • Paradigm shift is the dramatic transition from one paradigm to another.
  • Schema is a unit of understanding and cognitive short cut.
  • Strange attractor is a stable, non-periodic pattern within a system.