Education as a Complex System
Author(s)Ghaffarzadegan, Navid; Hawley, Joshua; Larson, Richard Winston
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It was a cold rainy day in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Navid was working in his ofﬁce at E40, one of MIT ’s oldest buildings. E40 used to be a factory in the 1930s and was now hosting a large number of students, researchers, visitors, and faculty members. As a postdoctoral researcher, Navid was sharing an ofﬁce with another postdoc, a long-time friend. Like many other researchers in temporary positions, they were both looking for tenure-track academic jobs. Navid and his friend had different training and areas of interest, but they shared an opinion on the job outlook: it was not a seller’s market. Each job opening received hundreds of applica- tions, and it was very difﬁcult to compete. Standing near the window and sipping from his cup of coffee, Navid heard Professor Dick Larson knock on the door. Dick was Navid’s supervisor.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Institute for Data, Systems, and Society
Systems Research and Behavioral Science
Ghaffarzadegan, Navid et al. “Education as a Complex System.” Systems Research and Behavioral Science 34, 3 (June 2016): 211–215 © 2017 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
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