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The self as a complex dynamic system
The self as a complex dynamic system

Author(s): Sarah Mercer
Subject(s): Education
Published by: Wojskowe Biuro Historyczne im. gen. broni Kazimierza Sosnkowskiego
Keywords: complexity theory; dynamic systems; learner differences; the self

Summary/Abstract: This article explores the potential offered by complexity theories for understanding language learners’ sense of self and attempts to show how the self might usefully be conceived of as a complex dynamic system. Rather than presenting empirical findings, the article discusses existent research on the self and aims at outlining a conceptual perspective that may inform future studies into the self and possibly other individual learner differences. The article concludes by critically considering the merits of a complexity perspective but also reflecting on the challenges it poses for research.

  • Issue Year: I/2011
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 57-82
  • Page Count: 26
  • Language: English