ERIC Number: EJ1076186
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 60
A Systematic Review of Agent-Based Modelling and Simulation Applications in the Higher Education Domain
Gu, X.; Blackmore, K. L.
Higher Education Research and Development, v34 n5 p883-898 2015
This paper presents the results of a systematic review of agent-based modelling and simulation (ABMS) applications in the higher education (HE) domain. Agent-based modelling is a "bottom-up" modelling paradigm in which system-level behaviour (macro) is modelled through the behaviour of individual local-level agent interactions (micro). This approach of considering the behaviour of systems of interacting "agents" has been applied to a wide variety of domains. Of particular interest, are the ways that ABMS applications have been used to further understand the dynamics of the HE domain. We conduct a systematic review of literature to analyse publications by year, role of the simulator, development stage of the models, and any associated validation. We also identify areas for future work, which includes an emphasis on validating existing and future models, detailed description of simulations to allow replication and further development, and the use of agent-based models in other contexts within the increasingly complex HE domain.
Descriptors: Simulation, Higher Education, Role, Models, Academic Achievement, Institutional Cooperation, College Applicants, Enrollment, Computer Software, Educational Research, Validity, Open Source Technology, Literature Reviews, Search Strategies
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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