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The Role Of Network Position For Peer Influences On Adolescents' Academic Engagement, Price Mccloud Johnson Mar 2014

The Role Of Network Position For Peer Influences On Adolescents' Academic Engagement, Price Mccloud Johnson

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Academic engagement has been found to significantly predict students' future achievement. Among adolescents, the peer context becomes an increasingly important point of socialization and influence on beliefs and behavior, including academic engagement. Previous research suggests that those peers with whom an adolescent spends much of their time significantly predict change in engagement over time (Kindermann, 2007). Bronfenbrenner's ecological systems theory (Bronfenbrenner & Morris, 1998) postulates that exosystem effects (those influencing factors that are not directly connected to individuals) play an important role in development, and social network theorists have suggested that the position one occupies within the greater network is ...