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The impact of social integration on student persistence in introductory Modeling Instruction courses
written by Justyna P. Zwolak and Eric Brewe
Increasing student retention and persistence -- in particular classes or in their major area of study -- is a challenge for universities. Students' academic and social integration into an institution seems to be vital for student retention, yet research on the effect of interpersonal interactions is rare. Social network analysis is an approach that can be used to identify patterns of interaction that contribute to integration into the university. We analyze how students position within a social network in a Modeling Instruction (MI) course that strongly emphasizes interactive learning impacts their persistence in taking a subsequent MI course. We find that students with higher centrality at the end of the first semester of MI are more likely to enroll in a second semester of MI. While the correlation with increased persistence is an ongoing study, these findings suggest that student social integration influences persistence.
Physics Education Research Conference 2015
Part of the PER Conference series
College Park, MD: July 29-30, 2015
Pages 395-398
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Education Foundations
- Behavior
= Social Interaction
- Research Design & Methodology
= Statistics
- Student Characteristics
Education Practices
- Active Learning
= Modeling
- Lower Undergraduate
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= Research study
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10.1119/perc.2015.pr.094
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J. Zwolak and E. Brewe, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD, 2015, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13917&DocID=4335).
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J. Zwolak and E. Brewe, The impact of social integration on student persistence in introductory Modeling Instruction courses, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD, 2015, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13917&DocID=4335>.
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Zwolak, J., & Brewe, E. (2015, July 29-30). The impact of social integration on student persistence in introductory Modeling Instruction courses. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD. Retrieved December 12, 2017, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13917&DocID=4335
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Zwolak, Justyna, and Eric Brewe. "The impact of social integration on student persistence in introductory Modeling Instruction courses." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD, July 29-30, 2015. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13917&DocID=4335 (accessed 12 December 2017).
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Zwolak, Justyna, and Eric Brewe. "The impact of social integration on student persistence in introductory Modeling Instruction courses." Physics Education Research Conference 2015. College Park, MD: 2015. 395-398 of PER Conference. 12 Dec. 2017 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13917&DocID=4335>.
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