Educational Research in Eastern Hungary 2009-2010

The aim of the Project is to examine the adolescent communities of newly formed high-school classes in a small sized town, using the method of social network analysis. In the focus of the study are

a) the effects of class structure on certain relevant phenomena, such as social exclusion and integration, in-school performance, friendship, adversarial and romantic relations; and

b) the dynamics of these dimensions, and their repercussions on class structure and status positions occupied by individuals in the communities.

The research is based on three surveys performed in October 2009, February and May 2010. Teacher interviews and questionnaires provided further indispensable information for the analysis.