# DSRP

DSRP is a theory and method of thinking, developed by systems theorist and cognitive scientist Derek Cabrera.wikipedia

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### Derek Cabrera

DSRP is a theory and method of thinking, developed by systems theorist and cognitive scientist Derek Cabrera.

Models he has formulated include DSRP, MAC (for learning design), VMCL and NFST (for organizational design).

### Outline of thought

**decision-makingthinking skillsdecision making processes**

Cabrera posits that these four patterns underlie all cognition, that they are universal to the process of structuring information, and that people can improve their thinking skills by learning to use the four elements explicitly.

DSRP

### Systems analysis

**analysissystems analystSystem analysis**

Systems analysis

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### Cognition

**cognitivecognitive functioncognitive processes**

Cabrera posits that these four patterns underlie all cognition, that they are universal to the process of structuring information, and that people can improve their thinking skills by learning to use the four elements explicitly. The DSRP theory is a mathematical formalism of systems thinking and cognition, built on the philosophical underpinnings of constructivism and evolutionary epistemology.

### Information

**informativeinputinputs**

Cabrera posits that these four patterns underlie all cognition, that they are universal to the process of structuring information, and that people can improve their thinking skills by learning to use the four elements explicitly.

### Formal system

**logical systemdeductive systemsystem of logic**

The theory is the mathematical formalism and philosophical underpinnings, while the method is the set of tools and techniques people use in real life settings (notably in education).

### Education

**teachingeducationaleducationist**

The theory is the mathematical formalism and philosophical underpinnings, while the method is the set of tools and techniques people use in real life settings (notably in education).

### Constructivism (philosophy of education)

**constructivismconstructivistconstructivist learning**

The DSRP theory is a mathematical formalism of systems thinking and cognition, built on the philosophical underpinnings of constructivism and evolutionary epistemology.

### Evolutionary epistemology

**evolutionary epistemologistevolutionary theory of knowledge**

The DSRP theory is a mathematical formalism of systems thinking and cognition, built on the philosophical underpinnings of constructivism and evolutionary epistemology.

### Education reform

**educational reformschool reformeducational reformer**

The DSRP method is used in education and has influenced educational reform as well as in management of learning organizations.

### Learning organization

**learning organizationslearning organisationspersonal mastery**

The DSRP method is used in education and has influenced educational reform as well as in management of learning organizations.

### Modularity

**modularmodulesmodule**

These rules illustrate that DSRP is a modular, fractal, nonlinear, complex systems process.

### Fractal

**fractalsfractal geometryfractal curve**

These rules illustrate that DSRP is a modular, fractal, nonlinear, complex systems process.

### Nonlinear system

**nonlinearnon-linearnonlinear dynamics**

These rules illustrate that DSRP is a modular, fractal, nonlinear, complex systems process.

### Gerald Midgley

Gerald Midgley pointed out that the structures of DSRP have analogues in other systems theories: distinctions are analogous to the boundaries of Werner Ulrich's boundary critique; Stafford Beer's viable system model explores nested systems (parts and wholes) in ways analogous to the "S" of DSRP; Jay Wright Forrester's system dynamics is an exploration of relationships; and soft systems methodology explores perspectives.

### Werner Ulrich

Gerald Midgley pointed out that the structures of DSRP have analogues in other systems theories: distinctions are analogous to the boundaries of Werner Ulrich's boundary critique; Stafford Beer's viable system model explores nested systems (parts and wholes) in ways analogous to the "S" of DSRP; Jay Wright Forrester's system dynamics is an exploration of relationships; and soft systems methodology explores perspectives.

### Boundary critique

**boundariesboundary**

Gerald Midgley pointed out that the structures of DSRP have analogues in other systems theories: distinctions are analogous to the boundaries of Werner Ulrich's boundary critique; Stafford Beer's viable system model explores nested systems (parts and wholes) in ways analogous to the "S" of DSRP; Jay Wright Forrester's system dynamics is an exploration of relationships; and soft systems methodology explores perspectives.

### Stafford Beer

**Anthony Stafford BeerBeerBeer, Anthony Stafford**

### Viable system model

**algedonic feedback settingexperimental viable system modelalgedonic feedback**

### Jay Wright Forrester

**Jay ForresterJay W. ForresterForrester**

### System dynamics

**systems dynamicsdynamicsdynamic systems**

### Soft systems methodology

**soft systemshuman activity systemsInformation Requirement Analysis/Soft systems methodology**

### Democratic Party (United States)

**DemocraticDemocratDemocratic Party**

For example, consider the U.S. Democratic Party.

### Republican Party (United States)

**RepublicanRepublican PartyR**

In this instance, the Democratic Party is the identity and everything else (including the U.S. Republican Party) is the other.

### Socratic method

**Socraticmaieuticelenchus**

Guiding questions provide users with something akin to the Socratic method of questioning but using DSRP as the underlying logic.