Dear Colleagues,
we are delighted to invite you to submit an abstract for our session “Network analysis in educational research: theories, concepts and (mixed-)methods” at the XXXVI Sunbelt Conference, April 5-10, 2016 at Newport Beach, California.

Submission Details:
Please submit your abstract (not exceeding 500 words) using the conference's abstract submission system, found here:  The Deadline for submissions is January 4th, 2016.

When submitting your abstract, select the Organized Session title "Network analysis in educational research: theories, concepts and (mixed‑)methods" from the list of session titles. The conference website ( provides additional information on the conference.

Thank you for your contribution in advance. We look forward to reviewing your presentation submission and to seeing you all in California 2016.

Session organizers:
Nina Kolleck – Freie Universität Berlin (Germany)
Marc-Christian Schäfer - Freie Universität Berlin (Germany)
Luise von Keyserlingk - Freie Universität Berlin (Germany)

Session Description:

The main purpose of this session is to present and discuss empirical, methodical and theoretical research projects using SNA which are embedded in or connected to educational or pedagogical topics. All approaches based on empirical studies, as well as theoretical-methodical reflections are welcome. Objectives of the session are:

1.           to highlight varying approaches for different utilisations of SNA in educational research and vice versa
2.           to examine critically matches and mismatches of theories and concepts
3.           to offer a platform for exchange of experience in (interdisciplinary) empirical research projects

In the past decades, approaches of social network analysis have been slowly but increasingly used and elaborated within the fields of educational research. However, there is still a lack of systematic approaches, which 1st) connect theoretical perspectives and empirical techniques in tighter manners 2nd) further develop social network theories and 3rd) broaden their scope and range of analysis from small units (i.e. single school classes or teachers' lounges) to analyses of different levels in the educational system (i.e. local, regional, national or international levels) or comparative analyses focusing on data of different classes or schools.  At the same time, social network theories as well as quantitative and qualitative techniques of SNA can highly contribute to educational research and its neighbour disciplines by offering tools or concepts to analyze the interrelation between individual behaviour and the social context.


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Institute of Education and Psychology
Department of Educational Research and Social Systems

Marc-Christian Schäfer, MA
Research Fellow

Habelschwerdter Allee 45 (Room JK 24/135)
D-14195 Berlin

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