Longitudinal high school research revealed: using surveys to assess student motivation and social networks

Makara, K. and Karabenick, S. (2017) Longitudinal high school research revealed: using surveys to assess student motivation and social networks. In: SAGE Research Methods Cases Part 2 [online]. SAGE Publications. (doi:10.4135/9781473977747)

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Abstract

This case describes a longitudinal study of high school students’ academic and social motivation and social networks at school. When working together as a PhD student and advisor, we built a university-school partnership and conducted a student survey project that spanned five years. A portion of the project data was used for a dissertation on students’ social networks and their academic and social motivation. The case study describes the project context and development of the partnership, the research design and procedure, and an overview of the analysis and dissemination of complex data to school staff. Particular attention is paid to the use of social network analysis (SNA) as a methodological tool for assessing social relationships in schools. The longitudinal nature of the study required maintenance of a sustainable relationship with the school, which is discussed throughout. We conclude the case with lessons learned.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Makara Fuller, Dr Kara
Authors: Makara, K., and Karabenick, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Pedagogy Policy and Practice
Publisher:SAGE Publications
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 SAGE Publications
First Published:First published in SAGE Research Methods Cases Part 2
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with the permission of the publisher.

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