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Title: Nodal and Matrix Analyses of Communication Patterns in Small Groups
Authors: Wortham, Donald W
Issue Date: Dec-1999
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Citation: Wortham, D. W. (1999). Nodal and Matrix Analyses of Communication Patterns in Small Groups. In Hoadley, C. M. & Roschelle, J. (Eds.), Proceedings of the Computer Support for Collaborative Learning (CSCL) 1999 Conference. Palo Alto, CA: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: This paper describes an analytic framework based on the methods of social network analysis pioneered by Nieminen (1974) and Freeman (1978/79) and used by structural anthropologists (e.g., Hage and Harary, 1996). It extends the methodology for use in evaluating computer- mediated communication in small groups and analyzes a sample dataset drawn from synchronous chat room interaction of five adults involved in a process of decision-making. The paper concludes with a discussion of possible applications of social network analysis to computer-supported learning, and limitations.
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