Complex Systems in Sport Research Group - Emerging group 2014 SGR 975

 

– Topic/Tema: Synthetic understanding of natural and social phaenomena

Project/Projecte/Proyecto: Toward a model and application of interdisciplinary connections of sports and physical education with other areas of academic knowledge based on the theoretical concepts of complex systems.

Main researcher/ Investigador principal: Robert Hristovski

Financed by / Financiat per / Financiado por: University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius

Institutions / Institucons / Insttuciones: Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, INEFC-University of Barcelona, INEFC-University of Lleida

Duration / Durada / Duración: 2011 – 2012

Participants / Participantes: Natàlia Balagué, Carlota Torrents, Pablo Vázquez, Aleksandar Aceski

Summary: The main aim of the project was to examine the changes within the linguistic, i.e. conceptual, landscape profile of scientific fields under the absence and presence of general explanatory principles coming from the nonlinear dynamic systems theory (NDST) and statistical physics in diverse scientific fields. Specifically, we aimed at modeling of the conceptual space of science as a self-organizing system emphasizing sports sciences position within it. The investigation was undertaken to reveal the change of scientific language within the past several decades. Particularly, we aimed to show hallmarks of scientific conceptual self-organization within the language space as represented by a dimension reduction and information compression effects.


 

 Topic/Tema: Synthetic understanding of natural and social phaenomena

Project/Projecte/Proyecto: Exploratory dynamics of motoricaly and perceptually grounded concepts coming from the complex systems theories.

Main researcher/ Investigador principal: Robert Hristovski

Financed by / Financiat per / Financiado por: University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius

Institutions / Institucons / Insttuciones: Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, INEFC-University of Barcelona, INEFC-University of Lleida

Duration / Durada / Duración: 2012 – 2013

Participants / Participantes: Natàlia Balagué, Carlota Torrents, Pablo Vázquez, Aleksandar Aceski

Summary: The project examines the changes in the conceptual landscape and the dynamics of exploratory behaviour of learners. When concepts of higher explanatory generality are absent the landscape becomes fragmented in mutually weakly connected or disconnected basins of attraction which corresponds largely to the current state in science and humanities education. On the contrary, when such concepts are present, the height of the barriers significantly lowers and the system reconfigures itself into a landscape of connected basins of attraction offering a unification of apparently distant areas of knowledge. The general explanatory concepts play the role of ‘catalysts’ which lower the transition barriers between conceptual spaces of scientific fields and enable larger exploratory breadth to learners. The project enabled a better understanding of how general explanatory concepts from the nonlinear dynamical systems theory and statistical physics can become tenets of a new educational program and teacher profile.


 

 

Topic/Tema: Synthetic understanding of natural and social phaenomena

 Project/Projecte/Proyecto: SUMA – Synthetic understanding through movement analogies /   /

Main researcher/ Investigador principal: Robert Hristovski

Financed by / Financiat per / Financiado por: University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius (Faculty of Physical Education Sports and Health)

Institutions / Institucons / Insttuciones: Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, INEFC-University of Barcelona, INEFC-University of Lleida

Duration / Durada / Duración: 2015 – 2019

Participants / Participantes: Natàlia Balagué, Carlota Torrents, Pablo Vázquez, Aleksandar Aceski

Summary: The main aim of this project is to offer a way of approaching the integration of the educative process and simultaneously reduce the barriers between widely different areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and Humanities. We propose that this integration is possible through teaching common concepts and principles of dynamical systems. Moreover, we claim that physical activities in a form of movement analogies may form the content of such an integrative education through formation of an embodied and experientially grounded knowing. The application of movement analogies for teaching pluricontextual and transdisciplinary concepts is the objective of the proposed teaching methodology, that aims:1) to help teachers and students to discover and learn the connecting dynamic conceptual patterns common to STEM and Humanities, 2) to promote a synthetic knowing , and 3) to contribute to buildinga unified world view. The proposed embodied and experientially grounded-based knowing allows applications to all education levels, including early ages. It is expected that the development of learning transfer and integrative competencies in students will empower them to face the novel and challenging emergent problems of our society.

Papers:

Hristovski, R. (2012). Toward a model and application of conceptual inter-relationships

between sport sciences with other academic fields. Book of projects at the
UKIM
. UKIM Press, 115-122

Hristovski, R. (2013). Synthetic thinking in (sports) science. The self-organization of
scientific language. Res. Phys. Ed., Sports Health, 1, 27-34.

Balagué, N., Torrents, C., Hristovski, R., Kelso, JAS (2017). Sport science integration: an evolutionary synthesis. European Journal of Sport Science, 17 (1), 51-62. DOI: 10.1080/17461391.2016.1198422

Hristovski, R., Aceski, A., Balagué, N., Seifert, L., Tufekcievski, A., Aguirre, C. (2017). Structure and dynamics of European sports science textual contents: Analysis of ECSS abstracts (1996–2014). European Journal of Sport Science, 17 (1): 19-29 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17461391.2016.1207709

Balagué, N., & Torrents, C. (2013). Unifying sport science. Apunts, Educació Fisica i Esport, 114, 7-22.

Balagué, N., Torrents, C. (2014). Reflexions i condicions per una unificació de les ciències de l’esport. Resposta a Raúl Martínez Santos. Apunts d’Educació Fisica i Esports, 118, 101-103.

Balagué, N., Hristovski, R., Torrents, C. (2013). From fragmentation to synthesis in sport science. In N. Balagué et al. (Eds.), Book of abstracts of the 18th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS). Barcelona, 26-29 June. ISBN: 978-84-695-7786-8

Book chapters:

Hristovski, R., Balagué, N., & Vázquez, P. (2014). Experiential Learning of the Unifying Principles of Science through Physical Activities. In: Francisco Miranda (Ed.) Systems theory: Perspectives, applications and developments, 37-48. New York: Nova.

Hristovski, R., Balagué, N., & Vázquez, P. (2014).  Science as a self-organizing cognitive system. Coherence and flexibility of scientific explanatory paterns. In: A. Bastardas, A. Massip, G. Bel (Eds.), Complexity Applications in Language and Communication Sciences. Heidelberg: Springer.

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