A System Dynamics Model For Improving Primary Education Enrollment In A Developing Country

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Chandra Sekhar Pedamallu, Linet Ozdamar, LS Ganesh, Gerhard-Wilhelm Weber, Erik Kropat


The system dynamics approach is a holistic way of solving problems in real-time scenarios. This is a powerful methodology and computer simulation modeling technique for framing, analyzing, and discussing complex issues and problems. System dynamics modeling is often the background of a systemic thinking approach and has become a management and organizational development paradigm. This paper proposes a system dynamics approach for studying the importance of infrastructure facilities on the quality of primary education system in a developing nation. The model is built using the Cross Impact Analysis (CIA) method of relating entities and attributes relevant to the primary education system in any given community. The CIA model enables us to predict the effects of infrastructural facilities on the community’s access of primary education. This may support policy makers to take more effective actions in campaigns that attempt to improve literacy.

Keywords: developing countries, system modeling, cross impact analysis, simulation, system dynamics, primary education

Link to material: http://www.ifors.org/developing_countries/downloads/aug16-2013/A-SYSTEM-DYNAMICS-MODEL-FOR-IMPROVING-PRIMARY-EDUCATION-ENROLLMENT-IN-A-DEVELOPING-COUNTRY.pdf