ERIC Number: ED104981
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Education by Peers: A Clique Study.
The primary objective of this study was to determine whether a student's participation in a particular friendship group within his high school class had any relationship to his academic performance, his self-concept as learner, or his perception of his school environment and the other students in it. The class of 1975 at the P. K. Yonge Laboratory School (University of Florida) was studied over their freshman and sophomore years. Because the school's admission policy increased the size of the ninth-grade class by 50 percent, it was also possible to study the ways in which a group of new students, both white and black, established positions within the existing social structure of the grade. This study was an attempt to bridge the gap between the two major research techniques generally used in the study of adolescent groups: questionnaires and participant observation. Observations and student and teacher interviews were used to define the social structure existing within the 89 member student class of 1975. The students included in this study completed the "Ohio Social Acceptance Scale" and the "Battle Student Attitude Scale" twice: once during their freshman year and again during their sophomore year. Teachers completed the "Florida Key," an inferred learner self-concept, on each student while he was in the ninth grade. School records were also examined. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida Univ., Gainesville. P. K. Yonge Lab. School.
Identifiers - Location: Florida