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Middle School Social Structure

W/ Andrew anthro project
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Christie Kuehner

on 25 January 2013

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Transcript of Middle School Social Structure

An investigation of middle school social structure 5th grade SLS Hierarchy Friendship 7th Grade 6th Grade Wilton 7th Grade Wilton Conclusion 6th Grade - The data shows that popularity is more sought after than friendships
- Popularity and the pursuit for popularity can destroy friendships and prevent kids from being in certain friends group
- kids are identifying , more than predicted, that other kids are loosing friends do to popularity
- The data proves an upward trend starting in 5th grade and exponentially increasing after each year.
- there is a much greater problem in WIlton (public School) than in St. Luke's (private) Strength of Friendships biological reasons Searching for self identity dramatic shifts in the shape of the body
increases in hormones
changes in brain architecture. directly linked to changes in sexual interest, cognitive capacities, and physical capacities. Adolescents consider what possibilities are available to them and try to come to a deeper understanding of themselves Friendships become based more on similarities in characteristics Increase in peer focus and involvement in peer-related social sports, and other extracurricular activities. “During adolescence, many young people attach greater importance to the activities and opinions of their peers than those of family members.”
(Robert J. Huffman/Field Mark Publications) Friendship networks are often organized into relatively rigid cliques that differ in social status within school and community settings.

Existence of cliques reflects adolescents' need to establish a sense of identity.

Cliques help adolescents solve the problem of "who I am." Cliques Jacquelynne Eccles: negative motivational and behavioral changes associated with school transitions and from a lack of an appropriate educational environments for youth in early and middle adolescence. Theorists Person-environment theory: individuals' behavior, motivation, and mental health are influenced by the fit between the characteristics individuals bring to their social environments and the characteristics of these social environments. potential problems root from:
a shift from a smaller school to a larger school
a shift to a more bureaucratic social system
a shift to a more controlling social system
a shift to a more heterogeneous social system
a shift to a social context with less personal contact with adults and less opportunity to be engaged in school activities and responsible school roles
a shift to a more rigid, socially comparative grading system
a shift to a more lock-step curriculum tracking system 7th: in general: 26/37 have lost a friend due to popularity
in general: 30/37 have witnessed a pier loose a friend due to popularity
girls: 16/18 have lost a friend due to pop
girls: 17/18 have witnessed a pier loose a friend due to popularity
boys: 10/19 have lost a friend due to pop
boys: 14/19 have witnessed a pier loose a friend due to popularity 6th General in general: 14/30 have lost a friend due to popularity
in general: 19/30 witnessed a pier loose a friend due to popularity
girls:10/16 have lost a friend due to popularity
Girls: 10/16 witnessed a pier loose a friend due to popularity
Boys: 4/14 have lost a friend due to popularity
Boys: 9/14 witnessed a pier loose a friend due to popularity 7th:in general: 23/34 have lost a friend due to popularity
in general: 30/34 have witnessed a pier loose a friend due to popularity
girls:17/20 have lost a friend due to popularity
girls: 20/20 witnessed a pier loose a friend due to popularity
Boys: 8/14 have lost a friend due to popularity
boys: 10/14 have witnessed a pier loose a friend due to popularity 5th :general: 4/12 have lost a friend due to popularity
general: 8/12 have witnessed a pier loose a friend due to popularity
girls: 4/8 have lost a friend due to pop
girls: 6/8 have witnessed a pier loose a friend due to popularity
boys: 0/4 have lost a friend due to pop
boys: 2/4 have witnessed a pier loose a friend due to popularity 6th: general: 25/49 have lost a friend due to popularity
general: 36/49 have witnessed a pier loose a friend due to popularity
girls: 13/23 have lost a friend due to pop
girls: 19/23 have witnessed a pier loose a friend due to popularity
boys:15/26 have lost a friend due to pop
boys: 16/26 have witnessed a pier loose a friend due to popularity
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