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Abstract Title: Social Network Analysis in Physics Education Research: A Brief Review
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Abstract: Reformed pedagogies, such as studio-based or peer learning physics instructions, have produced positive outcomes for student's conceptual growth and social engagement. While conceptual growth was well accounted for, there was still a need to further examine how students' social interactions play a role in their learning. To better understand this, Physics Education Research (PER) incorporated Social Network Analysis (SNA), which has traditionally been used to study social interactions between students. However, more recently, PER has focused on understanding how those interactions improve learning, giving more attention to interpersonal relationships rather than academic outcomes. In this study, we do a literature review of papers published in the past five years to understand better what has been recently produced in PER using SNA, as a method, and how it has been used. To achieve that, different approaches to SNA are briefly discussed, and recent studies using SNA in PER are presented and classified according to the approaches they adopt and the themes investigated
Session Time: Poster Session 2
Poster Number: II-32

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Camila Manni Dias do Amaral
University of Utah
Salt Lake City,
and Co-Presenter(s)
Madison Swirtz (they/she)
Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT and

Ramón S. Barthelemy (he/him)
Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 84112