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ERIC Number: ED536963
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 191
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-2671-0301-7
Connections, Paths, and Explanations--A Social Network Approach to Investigating Experiences of Early Childhood Special Education with the ECLS-K
Akers, Kathryn Shirley
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Kentucky
The purpose of this study is to demonstrate a practical application of social network analysis in the field of education using a large-scale data source. Using the Early Childhood Longitudinal Base Year data, a network is identified by examining the connections that occur between supports, both inside and outside formal special education resources for kindergarteners with access to special education programs. Social network mappings and quantitative findings are presented for formal and informal supports and primary disability category, along with policy implications and suggestions for further research. Findings indicate that social network analysis offers a unique and innovative perspective to educational research. [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: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Early Childhood Longitudinal Survey