SOCIOMETRY IN THE CLASSROOM:
HOW TO DO IT
If one utilizes a two-dimensional matrix of "nominators" by "nominees,"
such as the matrix template in Appendix B and Figure 2, they can rapidly
total up the frequency of nominations (positive and negative separately)
which each child received from their classroom peers. After cutting the
children's response strips, either directly from each child's survey response
sheet (Appendix A) or from a compilation of these responses as seen in
FIGURE 1 they may be sorted into alphabetical order. Then, taking each
strip, one at a time, one can note who was nominated by each individual
child. Entries into the matrix consist of "+" signs for each "positive"
nomination and "-" signs for each "negative" nomination. If each child
nominated three other children, then the sum of each ROW should never be
more than three +'s or -'s. However, the sum of +'s or -'s in each column
represent the number of nominations each child received and this sum should
never be more than the size of the group minus 1 (children usually are
instructed NOT to chose themselves and they should not nominate
the same person more than once.
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