ERIC Number: ED227183
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Theoretical and Methodological Issues. Part I. The Work of Nets.
Scherer, Jacqueline; Howell, Sharon
This is the first of a four-part study, funded by the National Institute of Education for the purpose of examining the function of informal social networks in school community relations in Pontiac, Michigan, from 1971 to 1981. This volume of the report (1) discusses the theoretical foundations of the study; (2) defends the validity of network analysis as a method for studying the turbulent and complex environment of the school system and the community; (3) explores the issue of trust, both in data collection and in complex social networks; (4) describes the principle of "recipes," regular patterns of action and interaction that can be determined by placing study subjects' statements within the overall social context being examined; and (5) reviews the social science literature on the utility of network analysis, the utility and effects of social networks, and the characteristics that make networks useful. (GC)
Descriptors: Community Study, Credibility, Data Analysis, Elementary Secondary Education, Literature Reviews, Methods Research, Network Analysis, School Community Relationship, Social Networks, Theories, Validity
Jacqueline Scherer, Oakland University, Rochester, MI 48063 ($0.10 per page).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Oakland Univ., Rochester, MI.
Identifiers: Michigan (Pontiac)
Note: For other documents in this study, see UD 022 664-666.