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The Roles of Engagement: Network Analysis in Physics Education Research 

written by Eric Brewe

Network analysis is a method and theory for analyzing relational data and complex systems. Learning and education are complex systems built on interactions, and thus are ripe with relational data. This article argues that network analysis is a productive approach to addressing the complexities inherent in education and learning. It begins by providing a brief overview of network analysis and the existing applications to physics education research. The article then explores how I came to adopt network analysis through a confluence of research needs, theoretical commitments, and interpersonal interactions. I end with proposals and speculation for future directions of network analysis in PER.

Published July 21, 2018
Last Modified July 21, 2018

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