This book provides an introduction to the theories, methods, and applications that constitute the social network perspective. Unlike more general texts, this title is designed for those current and aspiring educational researchers learning how to study, conceptualize, and analyze social networks. The author's main intent is to encourage you to consider the social network perspective in light of your emerging research interests and evaluate how well this perspective illuminates the social complexities surrounding educational phenomena. Whether your interests lie in examining a peer's influence on students' achievement, the relationship between social support and teacher retention, or how the pattern of relations among parents contributes to schools' norms, the tools introduced in this book will provide you with a slightly different take on these and other phenomena. Unlike other approaches, this perspective accounts for the importance of relationships within formal structures, and the informal patterns of interaction that emerge, sustain, or recede. Relying on diverse examples drawn from the educational research literature, this book makes explicit how the theories and methods associated with social network analysis can be used to better describe and explain the social complexities surrounding varied educational phenomena.

Measures for Egocentric Network Analysis


In this chapter, you will learn an array of ways in which properties of ego networks are conceptualized and measured. You will learn about how ego network data differ from complete network data, particularly in terms of data collection, management, and analysis. In addition, you will learn about the types of questions that egocentric analyses can address. A majority of this chapter is dedicated to the different indices that are used to characterize ego networks, with special attention given to the types and sources of data that are needed to calculate these indices. The conceptual and measurement tools in this chapter are essential for performing the more advanced egocentric analyses that are introduced in subsequent chapters.

Egos and Alters

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