ERIC Number: EJ1091664
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
The Influence of Academic Tracking on Adolescent Social Networks
Fisher, Kim W.; Shogren, Karrie A.
Remedial and Special Education, v37 n2 p89-100 Mar-Apr 2016
This study examined adolescents' social capital, through social network analyses (i.e., ego network analyses), in two high schools where students were placed into academic tracks adopted by the schools and shaped by disability status (i.e., general education, co-taught, segregated special education classrooms). The impact of academic tracks, as well as the impact of personal and environmental characteristics, on ego networks was examined. Differences in ego network structural characteristics (i.e., network size, density, effective size, and efficiency) across academics tracks, differences in information communication technology (ICT) use, and participation in informal social activity for students in the segregated special education track are highlighted. Implications for research and practice, including supporting the use of ICT and ego network mapping during instruction, are provided.
Descriptors: Adolescents, Social Capital, Track System (Education), Social Networks, Network Analysis, High School Students, Disabilities, Student Characteristics, Educational Environment, Student Participation, Social Life, Special Education, Special Classes, Student Records, Surveys, Regression (Statistics), Information Technology, Predictor Variables
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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