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Social Network Analysis and Education

Social Network Analysis and Education
Theory, Methods & Applications

First Edition

An applied book designed for those current and aspiring educational researchers learning how to study, conceptualize, and analyze social networks.

March 2013 | 344 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
A companion website is available for this text

This book provides an introduction to the major theories, methods and findings of social network analysis research and the applications from that research. The book is divided into three parts with Part One offering a survey of historical and theoretical foundations. Part Two describes the variety of methods that can be used and Part Three shows how to apply those methods to a range of topics for educational researchers.

Part I. Theory and Concepts
Chapter 1. The Social Network Perspective and Educational Research
Chapter 2. Historical, Theoretical, and Analytical Foundations
Chapter 3. Basic Concepts
Part II. Methods and Measures
Chapter 4. Collecting and Managing Network Data
Chapter 5. Structural Measures for Complete Networks
Chapter 6. Groups and Positions in Complete Networks
Chapter 7. Measures for Egocentric Networks
Part III. Applications and Examples
Chapter 8. An Introduction to Statistical Inference with Network Data
Chapter 9. Network Data and Statistical Models
Chapter 10. Social Capital
Chapter 11. Diffusion
Chapter 12. Looking Back, Looking Ahead


Instructor Teaching Site

The instructor teaching site features:

·         PowerPoint Slides

Student Study Site

The student study site features:

·         How-to Guides for social network analysis software applications

·         Example Data Sets

·         Glossary of Key Terms

·         eFlashcards

“I have no doubt that this text is a groundbreaking addition to the knowledge of this particular field.”

Donald W. Good
East Tennessee State University

“I value the way the author has conceptualized a very broad field and has organized it into a coherent, cohesive text. I think the weaving in of specific examples is key to the work’s success and will make the book stand apart.”

Alan J. Daly
University of California, San Diego

“The writing style makes network theory and methods accessible to researchers who have limited experience in conducting network analysis.”

August E. Grant
University of South Carolina

A book on Social network analysis that shed lights on Education area. Very interesting to those interested on the technique.

Mr Marcos Ferasso
Business Administration , Federal University of Parana
February 11, 2016

Found it user friendly

Dr Mark Malisa
School Of Education, College of St Rose
August 22, 2013

Clear and accessible. Useful for those involved in educational research -- perhaps too focused on educational examples for more generic classes on social network analysis.

Dr Brenda Berkelaar
Communication Studies Dept, University of Texas at Austin
July 30, 2013

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 6

Brian V. Carolan

Brian V. Carolan is Associate Professor of Quantitative Research Methods at Montclair State University. Prior to joining Montclair State University in 2010, he was Associate Professor of Social Foundations of Education in the Department of Education, College of Staten Island, CUNY. He received his B.A. in sociology from Rutgers University, M.Phil in sociology from Columbia University, and his Ph.D. in sociology and education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Brian has published widely in a variety of areas related to education, covering issues such as high school size, grade span configuration, and the social organization of... More About Author

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