***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org *****I recently wrote a research proposal aimed at investigating how participants in a learning network chose problem solving strategies based on the chosen strategies of those with whom they interacted. I proposed a longitudinal study in which specific strategies could be defined and tested at three different points in time. I used contagion and proximity theories to articulate a prediction model for comparison with the observed network and the actors' learned (adopted) strategies. The network I'm analyzing is a group of pre-professional software developers, but I see no reason why the same approach couldn't be used for any learning network in which problem solving was a major component.
***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org *****_____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.My colleagues and I are using SNA to investigate whether natural
resources scientists and managers in the Forest Service and other
agencies are embedded in a network that fosters learning and complex
problem solving. For example, we want to determine the extent to which
scientists and managers are engaged in interactions (including
bi-directional exchanges of information) across disciplinary
We are considering a number of different measures (density,
cross-boundary exchange [relations within/between groups], centrality). We would like to learn more
about other measures that you would recommend.Thanks in advance for any suggestions!Ken Vance-Borland, Executive Director
The Conservation Planning Institute
"To protect and restore biological diversity through innovative conservation planning
that is focused on effective implementation"
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