The potential of mixed-method social network analysis for studying interaction between agency and structure in education

Natasa Pantic*, Jasperina Brouwer, Laura Thomas, Dominik E. Froehlich

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This article discusses the potential of mixed-method social network analysis (MMSNA) as a methodology for designing and conducting studies that address questions of interplay between human agency and social structures in educational settings. First, we discuss a rationale for using MMSNA referring to the theoretical calls for better understanding the role of agency in network structures. Next, we discuss examples of studies that illustrate how MMSNA has been applied to investigate a) the role of agency in social network formation, and b) how social networks facilitate actors’ agency in educational processes. Finally, we outline a guide for how to use MMSNA and consider its potential for future studies of interactions between agency and structures in educational settings.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Research & Method in Education
Early online date25 Jul 2022
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 25 Jul 2022

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • mixed methods
  • agency
  • educational change
  • relationships
  • research design
  • social network analysis
  • social structures

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