1st Edition

Handbook of Social Influences in School Contexts Social-Emotional, Motivation, and Cognitive Outcomes

Edited By Kathryn Wentzel, Geetha Ramani Copyright 2016
    462 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    462 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Handbook of Social Influences in School Contexts draws from a growing body of research on how and why various aspects of social relationships and contexts contribute to children’s social and academic functioning within school settings. Comprised of the latest studies in developmental and educational psychology, this comprehensive volume is perfect for researchers and students of Educational Psychology.

    Beginning with the theoretical perspectives that guide research on social influences, this book presents foundational research before moving on to chapters on peer influence and teacher influence. Next, the book addresses ways in which the school context can influence school-related outcomes (including peer and teacher-student relationships) with specific attention to research in motivation and cognition. Within the chapters authors not only present current research but also explore best-practices, drawing in examples from the classroom. With chapters from leading experts in the field, The Handbook of Social Influences in School Contexts provides the first complete resource on this topic.


    1. Overview

    Kathryn R. Wentzel and Geetha B. Ramani

    Section I: Perspectives on Peer Influence

    2. Peer Influence on Students’ Motivation, Academic Achievement and Social Behavior

    Kathryn R. Wentzel and Katherine Muenks

    3. Peer Group Influences on Students’ Academic Motivation

    Thomas A. Kindermann

    4. Social Harmony in Schools: A Framework for Understanding Peer Experiences and Their Effects

    Laura D. Hanish, Carol Lynn Martin, Cindy Faith Miller, Richard A. Fabes, Dawn DeLay, and Kimberly A. Updegraff

    5. Peers and Social Media Networks: Exploring Adolescents’ Social Functioning and Academic Outcomes

    Christine Greenhow and Emilia Askari

    6. Peer Contributions to Cognitive Development

    Mary Gauvain

    7. The Influence of Same and Cross-Age Peers on Children’s Literacy and Mathematical Development

    Geetha B. Ramani, Erica Zippert, and Emily Daubert

    8. Commentary: Strange Bedfellows? How the School and Peer Systems Coexist to Affect

    Learning and Adjustment

    B. Bradford Brown and Simone M. Lawrence


    9. Teacher-Student Relationships and Student Achievement

    Theo Wubbels, Mieke Brekelmans, Tim Mainhard, Perry den Brok, and Jan van Tartwijk

    10. Teacher Influences on the Development of Students’ Personal Interest in Academic Domains

    Emily Fox and Daniel L. Dinsmore

    11. The Role of Teacher-Student Relationships in Unlocking Students’ Academic Potential: Exploring Motivation, Engagement, Resilience, Adaptability, Goals, and Instruction

    Andrew J. Martin and Rebecca J. Collie

    12. Teacher-Student Relationships and Behavioral Engagement in the Classroom

    Anne Gregory and Joshua Korth

    13. Emotion Regulation in K-12 Classrooms

    Debra K. Meyer

    14. Teachers’ Influence on Students’ Peer Relationships and Peer Ecologies

    Jill V. Hamm and Abigail S. Hoffman

    15. Commentary: The Foundational Role of Teacher-Student Relationships

    Hunter Gelbach and Carly Robinson


    16. Classroom and School Influence on Student Motivation

    Helen Patrick, Julianne C. Turner, and Anna D. Strati

    17. Families, Culture, and Schooling: A Critical Review of Theory and Research

    Susan D. Holloway and Michele Jonas

    18. Culture, Race, Ethnicity, and Motivation

    Akane Zusho, Jennifer Daddino, and Christie-Belle Garcia

    19. The Role of Character and Character Education in Fostering Student Success at School

    Scott Seider, Madora Soutter, and Shelby Clark

    20. High-Stakes Testing and Students’ Developing Motivation: The Role of Context, Class, and Race

    Sharon L. Nichols

    21. Commentary: The Co-Regulation of Cultural, Social, and Personal Sources of Influence on Student Emotional Adaptation and Achievement

    Mary McCaslin


    22. Integrating Academic and Social-Emotional Learning in Classroom Interactions

    Becky Kochenderfer-Ladd and Gary W. Ladd

    23. Interventions to Promote Positive Teacher-Student Relationships and Interactions

    Christopher A. Hafen and Joseph P. Allen

    24. Interventions to Promote Safe and Supportive School Climate

    David Osher, Yael Kidron, Carmela J. DeCandia, Kimberley Kendziora, and Roger P. Weissberg

    25. School-Based Interventions to Prevent Bullying and Promote Prosocial Behaviors

    Dorothy L. Espelage and Cassandra L. Colbert

    26. Challenges Associated with Applications and Interventions: Correlated Constraints, Shadows of Synchrony, and Teacher/Institutional Factors that Impact Social Change

    Thomas W. Farmer, Molly Dawes, Quentin Alexander, and Debbie S. Brooks






    Kathryn R. Wentzel is Professor of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology at University of Maryland, College Park.

    Geetha B. Ramani is Assistant Professor of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology at University of Maryland, College Park.