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

ISBN 9781138781405
Published January 19, 2016 by Routledge
462 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


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





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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.