SOCIOMETRY IN THE CLASSROOM:

HOW TO DO IT


STEP 3

Using the total + and - frequencies obtained from STEP 2 one can construct a bar graph similar to that shown in APPENDIX C and FIGURE 3. If one gives each child a code number ranging from 1 to the size of the group (N), they can utilize the center section of the bar graph to represent each child in the classroom. Note that if one requests both "positive" and "negative" nomination data, they can plot simultaneously both the frequency of negative nominations extending downward, and the positive nomination frequencies extending upward.

A bar graph such as this can be informative. Specific patterns of rejection and attraction may be noted.

A. POPULAR CHILDREN.


Children who receive many positive nominations and very few if any negative nominations (a high positive nomination bar and a very low negative nomination bar) are usually described as "popular" children. This would approximate the "A" portion of the Target Graph described in STEP 4.)

B. REJECTED CHILDREN


Children who receive many negative nominations and very few if any positive nominations are usually described as "unpopular" or "rejected" children. (This would approximate the "D" portion of the Target Graph described in STEP 4.).


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