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ERIC Number: EJ1057762
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0272-4316
Conceptualizing Academic Norms in Middle School: A Social Network Perspective
McCormick, Meghan P.; Cappella, Elise
Journal of Early Adolescence, v35 n4 p441-466 May 2015
A wide body of research has documented the relationship between social norms and individual behaviors. There is growing evidence that academic behaviors in early adolescence--when most children begin middle school--may be subject to normative influence as well. However, the structure and composition of peer relationships within middle schools have yet to be fully incorporated into current conceptualizations of academic norms. A social network approach that considers the structure of students' friendship networks can be a useful framework for informing understanding of middle school academic norms. This article integrates research and theory on social norms and social networks to introduce a model to improve understanding of academic norms in middle schools. Implications for future research are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305A080512