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Abstract Title: Ego network analysis of upper division physics student survey
Abstract: We present the analysis of ego networks derived from a survey of upper division physics students. Analysis of ego networks are somewhat different than network analyses that are becoming more common in PER. Ego networks focus on the connections that center on one person (the ego). The ego networks in this poster come from a survey that is part of an overall project focused on understanding student retention and persistence. The theory underlying this work is that social and academic integration are essential components to supporting students continued enrollment and ultimately graduation. This work uses network analysis as a way to investigate the role of social and academic interactions in retention and persistence decisions. We focus on student interactions with peers, on mentoring interactions with physics department faculty, and on engagement in physics groups and how they influence persistence. Our results, which are preliminary, will help frame the ongoing research project and identify ways in which departments can support students.
Abstract Type: Symposium Poster
Parallel Session: Network Analysis in Physics Education Research

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Eric Brewe
Florida International University
and Co-Presenter(s)
Justyna Zwolak, Remy Dou, and Eric Williams