The development of small-world network of higher education students, using a large-group problem-solving methods

Fernando Cardoso Sousa, Ileana Pardal Monteiro, Rene Pellissier


This article presents the development of a small-world network using an adapted version of the large-group problem-solving method Future Search. Two management classes in a higher education setting were selected and
required to plan a project. The students completed a survey focused on the frequency of communications before and after the project. The findings support the successful development of a small-world network using the selected problem-solving technique in a collaborative project, thus constituting an innovation in a higher education setting.


Innovation in Teaching, Future Search, Higher Education, Large-Group Methods, Small-World Networks

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1822-1645 (Print)

2345-0258 (Online)