SOCIOMETRY IN THE CLASSROOM:
HOW TO DO IT
Working through all the sets described in STEPS 4 through 12 above, it
may be necessary to do some shifting of total patterns in order to configure
the resulting patterns in a fairly even distribution. If. after all the
slips from all the sets have been utilized, some slips may remain in the
original column. Place them in the pattern where they belong: ie., where
the name or code numbers on the right of the remaining slips match the
names or code numbers on the left of a slip already in place.
A WORD OF CAUTION
Sometimes children choose individuals in the group who were absent at the
time the basic material was collected. This means that there will be no
slips with these names on the "left". Make an additional slip, writing
in each such name and marking "absent" on it. Some children may misunderstand
the directions and name individuals not in the group. Make additional sips
for these names, marking "not in group." Place these slips on the chart
adjacent to the slips of the persons who nominated there names. These cautions
allow us to account for all the children's nominations.
Now that all slips have been placed on the chart, make a final check to
see that no folded edges are left unmatched. Rearrange (by shifting all
related slips) any patterns which seem to be crowding each other. If there
are any cross-sex choices, note where they occur and position them on a
border position adjacent to the child of the opposite sex whom they chose.
Children who did not receive any first place nominations should be placed
in peripheral positions. With these strategies in mind it is time to introduce
some of the conventional symbols utilized in drafting out a sociometric
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