Sandbox University: Estimating Influence of Institutional Action
2014 (English)In: PLoS ONE, ISSN 1932-6203, Vol. 9, no 7, e103261- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The approach presented in this article represents a generalizable and adaptable methodology for identifying complexinteractions in educational systems and for investigating how manipulation of these systems may affect educationaloutcomes of interest. Multilayer Minimum Spanning Tree and Monte-Carlo methods are used. A virtual Sandbox Universityis created in order to facilitate effective identification of successful and stable initiatives within higher education, which canaffect students’ credits and student retention – something that has been lacking up until now. The results highlight theimportance of teacher feedback and teacher-student rapport, which is congruent with current educational findings,illustrating the methodology’s potential to provide a new basis for further empirical studies of issues in higher educationfrom a complex systems perspective.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 9, no 7, e103261- p.
Complex systems, Simulations, Higher Education, MCMC
Didactics Probability Theory and Statistics Information Systems Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Research subject Physics with specialization in Physics Education
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-230633DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0103261ISI: 000339614100100PubMedID: 25054313OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-230633DiVA: diva2:741154