News From the Field
Taking a Fresh Look
October 8, 2010
Educational policy is controversial: Positions on achievement gaps, troubled schools and class size are emotionally charged, and research studies often come to very different conclusions. Northwestern University researchers propose a new way of looking at it: Treat education as a complex system (taking into account all interactions) and use computer modeling and network analysis to provide a comprehensive look at the outcomes of policy choices.
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