Education, School of
Journal or Book Title
Review of Higher Education
Undergraduate students benefit from academic-centered peer interactions, especially in large lecture courses. However, little is known about how students come together and form relationships around a course. I conduct a mixed-methods study of students' peer networks to explore how students choose peers for academic-focused interactions. The network of connections among students in a large undergraduate physics class decreases over time, leaving students looking for study partners later in the course at a disadvantage. While community structure might limit relationship formation late in the semester, students who connected across campus capitalized on network internalities that facilitated opportunities for collaboration.
John Hopkins University Press
Brown, Michael G., "The Push and Pull of Social Gravity: How Peer Relationships Form Around an Undergraduate Science Lecture" (2019). Education Publications. 144.
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