1st Edition

Researching and Enacting Change in Postsecondary Education
Leveraging Instructors' Social Networks

ISBN 9781138336872
Published September 11, 2018 by Routledge
156 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

USD $160.00

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Book Description

Calls to improve undergraduate STEM education have resulted in initiatives that seek to bolster student learning outcomes by promoting changes in teaching practices. Written by participants in a series of ground-breaking social network analysis (SNA) workshops, Researching and Enacting Change in Postsecondary Education argues that the academic department is a highly productive focus for the spread of new, network-based teaching ideas. By clarifying methodological issues related to SNA data collection and articulating relevant theoretical approaches to the topic, this book leverages current knowledge about social network theory and SNA techniques for understanding instructional improvement in higher education.

Table of Contents


Sandra L. Laursen, University of Colorado Boulder

Chapter 1. Introduction

Naneh Apkarian

Charles Henderson

Chapter 2. Change in Higher Education

Charles Henderson

Kathleen Quardokus Fisher

Andrea Beach

Chapter 3. Social Network Terminology

Alexis V. Knaub

Charles Henderson

Chapter 4. Social Network Analysis in K-12 Settings: Review, Implications, and New Directions for Higher Education

Christoforos Mamas

Alan J. Daly

Chapter 5. Four Perspectives for Interpreting Social Networks

Alexis V. Knaub

Charles Henderson

Chris Rasmussen

Stanley M. Lo

Chapter 6. Network Measurement and Data Collection Methods in Higher Education: Practices and Guidelines

John Skvoretz

Julie Risien

Bennett B. Goldberg

Chapter 7. Instructor Discussion Networks across 22 Departments

Kathleen Quardokus Fisher

Naneh Apkarian

Chapter 8. Coda

Chris Rasmussen

Naneh Apkarian

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Charles R. Henderson is a professor in the Physics Department and a professor and Director of the Mallinson Institute for Science Education at Western Michigan University.

Chris Rasmussen is a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at San Diego State University.

Alexis Knaub is a postdoctoral research associate in the Physics Department at Western Michigan University.

Naneh Apkarian in a research assistant in the Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education at San Diego State University.

Alan J. Daly is a professor and chair of the Department of Education Studies at the University of California, San Diego.

Kathleen Quardokus Fisher is an assistant professor in the Department of Earth & Environment and the STEM Transformation Institute at Florida International University.