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Abstract Title: Network Analysis as a Research Methodology in PER
Abstract: In recent years a number of researchers within our PER community have started using Network Analysis as a new methodology to extend our understanding of teaching and learning physics by viewing these as complex systems. I will discuss how the work of our research group has identified relevant networks analysing these networks. In so doing I will show how a network can be methodologically described as a set of relations between a set of entities, and how a network can be characterized and analyzed as a mathematical object.  Then, as an illustrative example, I will discuss our current work that is using networks to create insightful maps of learning discussions. To conclude, I will show how the adoption of a complex system methodology can lead to rich interplays between qualitative and quantitative analysis to generate a powerful "mixed methods" methodological framing.
Abstract Type: Plenary

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Jesper Bruun
University of Copenhagen