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URN etd-0624118-151803
Author Chiu-Yuan Wu
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Department Institute of Sociology
Year 2017
Semester 2
Degree Master
Type of Document
Language zh-TW.Big5 Chinese
Title The Construction and Influence of Social Networks within High School Classes
Date of Defense 2018-05-21
Page Count 81
Keyword
  • social network analysis
  • academic achievement
  • centrality
  • academic advice network
  • friendship network
  • Abstract The study is mainly divided into two parts. The first part focuses on the factors which the students are in accordance with to choose their social relationships. The second part then deals with how the changed social networks influence students’ academic achievements. The previous studies related to in-class social relationship often focused on analysis of friendship network. In addition to friendship network, this study includes another important in-class social network– “academic advice network.” This study collected data of social network and academic grades twice from students in a selected senior high school which focuses on college entrance examination in Tainan. The analysis in first part reveals that students would construct friendships with those who hold similar academic performances and attributes in the pretest with them. However in the advice network, students would choose those who got better grades in midterm as their suitable advisers. Simultaneously, existing friendships and considerations of information reciprocity would also improve a student’s odds of being chosen as an adviser. The result displays that motivations of constructing friendship network and advice network are two kinds of very different mechanisms. The previous studies which only focused on in-class friendship would oversimplify the conclusions. The analysis in second part then discusses whether the constructed “social relationships” and the “network structure positions” which they are in would influence their academic achievements. The result reveals that academic grades of a student’s friends and classmates whom he had academic communication with would not spill over into his own via social interaction. Concurrently, the one who received much academic advice from others denotes higher outdegree centrality in academic advice network, but further, the one would not benefit himself on academic achievements. Nonetheless, the one who gave much academic advice denotes higher indegree centrality, and the one would then benefit his final. This study tries to propose the potential theoretical explanations on this phenomenon.
    Advisory Committee
  • Wan-Chi Chen - chair
  • Thijs Velema - co-chair
  • Ko-Hua Yap - advisor
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    Date of Submission 2018-07-24

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