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T214_3 Glossary

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action learning

The process of undertaking the steps of planning, acting, observing and evaluating in order to understand, and engage with, a complex situation.
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In the control model, the part of the system that can effect a change.
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A method of understanding something by dividing it into parts and making sense of the parts.
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The properties of a thing that identify and characterise it.
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balancing feedback

Feedback that dampens change. Also referred to as ‘negative feedback’.
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The line or region which distinguishes what is in a system from the wider environment around it.
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The capacity of an element of a system to affect the wider system.
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Modification of system structure and/or processes.
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In the Shannon–Weaver model of communication – the medium or link through which a message is sent.
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A situation which shows no predictable pattern of organisation and/or behaviour.
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