An ecology of mind: Teaching - learning complex systems

Jeffrey W. Bloom

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to show how to enact a Batesonian system to teaching an ecology of mind course. Design/methodology/approach: The approach develops a practical framework for teaching with examples of teaching approaches and student work. Findings: The overarching approach involves a depth-abstraction-abduction model. This model was used to engage students in examining a variety of transdisciplinary phenomena with emphasis on contexts, meaning, multiple perspectives, stories, relationships and systems, patterns, and epistemology. Epistemological shocks and shifts were a common occurrence. Originality/value: This work is unique in that it focuses on a course based upon the film: "An ecology of mind: a daughter's portrait of Gregory Bateson".

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1346-1353
Number of pages8
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2013


  • Complex systems
  • Complexity
  • Curricula
  • Ecology of mind
  • Epistemological shock
  • Epistemology
  • Gregory Bateson
  • Learning
  • Relationship
  • Teaching

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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