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ERIC Number: EJ764829
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1527-1803
Conducting a Social Network Audit
Gumm, Jim; Hatala, John-Paul
Techniques: Connecting Education and Careers (J3), v82 n5 p23-26 May 2007
Current research makes it abundantly clear that career and technical educators in North America know how to give students the technical skills they need to be competitive in the 21st century marketplace. However, there may be a gap in many educators' toolboxes. The latest research findings indicate that the majority of people have a difficult time connecting with others, especially individuals with whom they are not familiar, and, due to the rapidly increasing interconnectedness of modern society, this skill set is becoming critical to success in the labor market. Social Exploration[C] is a next-generation, researched-based, internationally proven system that takes the nebulous concept of networking and systematizes it into a teachable, accountable and repeatable process. The Social Exploration[C] concept is a multiphase system that has successfully been applied in both the for-profit and the nonprofit sector. It has been used to capitalize on the potential that exists within an organization's social network or "informal power structure" to improve both individual and organizational performance, reduce turnover, and increase profitability. This system has now been modified to meet the unique demands of high school students who wish to transition directly into the labor market from the classroom or go on to higher education, technical training or some other endeavor. In this article, the authors describe 7 steps that can help guide educators and their students through the process of conducting a social network audit that can help individuals determine if they are presently accessing information from their network that will help them achieve their goals.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North America