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ERIC Number: ED531974
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 156
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1094-6165-7
An Exploration of How Middle Schools Can Create Environments That Are Conducive to Building Social Relationships
Doyle, Amy E.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Washington State University
Using a theoretical framework of adolescent social capital, this study examines what one middle school does or does not do to help the students at the school make friends and acquaintances. After reviewing the related literature on adolescent social capital, social network theory, social goal motivation, and best practices middle school structures, the study identifies the social connections of a specific group of middle school students in order to answer the following questions: (1) how and where students develop peer friendships and acquaintanceships and (2) what specific structures (recommended by middle school research) promote or hinder the development of positive social relationships and networks in this building? The data was analyzed using a social network program, Agna, to look for patterns in general and by gender. A subset of the surveyed students was then interviewed to determine, from students' perspectives, how those practices do or do not help students get to know each other. Finally, based on the findings, recommendations are suggested for the middle school under study and for schools with similar characteristics. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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