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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