Evolution of Friendship Groups Over Time *
AbstractThis project asks the question "How do friendship groups change over time?" The results may support inferences about how "people skills" develop. What types of changes would you expect to see? Do you expect friendship groups to grow larger over time? Do you expect that individuals will belong to more, less or about the same number of friendship groups as they get older? Do you think there will be more or less exclusivity among groups (and how would you measure such a concept)? Do you expect results to be similar for boys and girls? The project requires a large group of students who have been in school together for several consecutive years. Design a survey to identify past and present friendship groups. Select one or more statistical tests for each of your hypotheses. Crunch the numbers and see if the data support or reject each hypothesis. This project involves fairly sophisticated statistical analysis. Finding a mentor with expertise in group detection statistics is highly recommended. (Doherty, 2003)
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BibliographyDoherty, J., 2003. "Evolution of Friendship Groups in the Fourth through Seventh Grades," California State Science Fair Project Abstract [accessed February 1, 2006] http://cssf.usc.edu/History/2003/Projects/J1707.pdf.
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