Key Concepts

Explanation of the Key Concepts

  • Key Concept

    Question

    Definition

    Form

    What is it like?

    The understanding that everything has a form with recognizable features that can be observed, identified, described and categorized.

    Function

    How does it work?

    The understanding that everything has a purpose, a role or way of behaving that can be investigated.

    Causation

    Why is it like this?

    The understanding that things do not just happen, that there are causal relationships at work, and that actions have consequences.

    Change

    How is it changing?

    The understanding that change is the process of movement from one state to another. It is universal and inevitable.

    Connection

    How is it connected to other things?

    The understanding that we live in a world of interacting systems in which the actions of any individual element affect others.

    Perspective

    What are the points of view?

    The understanding that knowledge is moderated by perspectives; different perspectives lead to different interpretations, understandings and findings; perspectives may be individual, group, cultural or disciplinary.

    Responsibility

    What is our responsibility

    The understanding that people make choices based on their understandings, and the actions they take as a result do make a difference.