Possibilities of Simulating Group Dynamics

Abstract

Dominik P.H. KalischIs it possible to simulate complex social processes with computer simulations? If it is possible, how exactly do their results correspond with the ones obtained by traditional social science methods? This diploma thesis is the first try to answer these questions from the view of pedagogy.

In the first part, the traditonal social science methods “interview” and “observation” were used to examine the group dynamics of a youth camp in the summer of 2001. The results were the base for the sociomatrix and the reference system to assess the results of the simulation.

In the second part, the group dynamics were simulated with a cellular automaton which was developed by the research goup of Prof. Dr. Jürgen Klüver. The results of the simulation model were compared with the results of the quantitative data analysis and assessed.

Cooperation partners

University Duisburg-Essen

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