ERIC Number: ED038718
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar-2
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Consistency Behavior and Validity in Classroom Sociometrics.
Gotts, Edward E.; And Others
The objectives of this inquiry were: (1) to clarify the construct distinction between measures of peer rejection and low peer acceptance, obtained by classroom sociometrics; and (2) to establish an index of childrens' sociometric consistency behavior at varying age levels. A sociometric device was constructed and administered to obtain ratings on both peer acceptance and peer rejection by each child for his classmates. Sociometric consistency behavior was defined by a consistency matrix that was generated for each child, from which a consistency index was assigned him. Consistency comparisons were made over grade levels. A high incidence of inconsistent behavers was found in grade four, with fewer in grade five. The exact construct equivalent of peer rejection could not be derived from the peer acceptance rankings, although a 67% correct detection was possible of peer rejecteds. The importance of the findings to treatment planning and assignment are discussed. (Author)
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Authoring Institution: American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC.; Indiana Univ., Bloomington.
Note: Paper presented at American Educational Research Association Convention, Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 2-6, 1970