Peer selection and influence : Students’ interest-driven socio-digital participation and friendship networks
Li, S., Kiuru, N., Palonen, T., Salmela-Aro, K., & Hakkarainen, K. (2020). Peer selection and influence : Students’ interest-driven socio-digital participation and friendship networks. Frontline Learning Research, 8(4), 1-17. https://doi.org/10.14786/flr.v8i4.457
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Digital technologies have been increasingly embedded in students’ everyday lives. Interest-driven socio-digital participation (ISDP) involves students’ pursuit of interests mediated by computers, social media, the internet, and mobile devices’ integrated systems.ISDPis likely to intertwine closely with young people’s social networks that has been scarcely studied quantitatively. To close this gap, the present paper investigated students’ peer selection and influence effects of the intensity of their ISDP and friendship networks. We collected two-wave data by administering a peer nomination to trace students’ friendship networks with peers and a self-reported questionnaire to examine students’ ISDP. Participants were 100 students in Finland (female: 53%; mean age = 13.48, in grade 7 in the first wave). Through stochastic actor-oriented modelling, the results showed that the students’ friendship ties with peers influenced the intensity of their ISDP practices to become more similar. Yet, students did not select peers as friends based on similar intensity levels of ISDP. Utilizing influence effect found in students’ ISDP and their peer networks, we suggest that connected learning (Ito et al., 2013) should be promoted to integrate students’ informal and formal learning in order to bridge the gap between students’ informal interest-related digital practices and formal educational practices. ...
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Additional information about fundingThis study was supported by:Finnish Cultural Foundation (Shupin Li, 00172381),the Academy of Finland project “Bridging the gaps: Affective, cognitive, and social consequences of digital revolution for youth development and education”(Katariina Salmela-Aro, PI, 308351), the Academy of Finlandproject“Co4-Lab” (Kai Hakkarainen, PI, 286837) and, the Strategic Research Council projectof the Academy of Finland “Growing Mind: Educational transformations for facilitating sustainable personal, social, and institutional renewal in the digital age” (Kai Hakkarainen, PI, 312527). ...
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