Posted by: mrlock | January 2, 2014

TouchPaper Problem #4 – What determines the complexity of a concept?

I am fortunate enough to be attending the inaugural TouchPaper Problems party on 18th January. This is the question I have been allocated to work on all day. As Laura says, it’s a really difficult question. I should probably get on with some reading in advance of the 18th – which I’m looking forward to.

Laura McInerney

This is the fourth blogpost expanding on the TouchPaper Problems first discussed at #Researched2013 and due to be tackled at the first TouchPaper Problem Party.

Question #4 – What determines the complexity of a concept?

In my estimation, this is the hardest of all the problems, but it’s also really important.

As a teacher I was constantly trying to figure out “how difficult is this material?” and gauging whether I needed to edge it up or scale it down depending on the students I was teaching. But: how do we know if something is complex?

I remember working with a history revision class who were learning about the appeasement. I didn’t think appeasement would be a difficult concept. I mean, kids appease each other all the time in the playground when they, say, allow an older bullying set of kids to play football with them, even if they don’t…

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