Students’ networks influence on academic performance: An exploratory study

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Abstract

Social networks can have a significant influence on students’ academic performance. This exploratory study details a study performed at a Portuguese university to assess the role of social networks in the students’ academic performance. We used an online questionnaire to collect. From the variety of network centrality measures considered, findings suggest that students with high centrality positions within the friendship network tend to present lower academic performance, except for eigenvector centrality (i.e., being connected to students who are themselves well connected). On advice and working group networks, there was minimal evidence of the relation between key positions and grades. Although there was not an overall homophily towards grades – neither through selection nor influence mechanisms – students with lower academic achievement tended to stablish friendship ties between themselves.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2022 17th Iberian Conference on Information Systems and Technologies (CISTI)
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings
EditorsAlvaro Rocha, Borja Bordel, Francisco Garcia Penalvo, Ramiro Goncalves
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages1-6
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-9-8933-3436-2
ISBN (Print)978-1-6654-9812-8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jun 2022
Event2022 17th Iberian Conference on Information Systems and Technologies (CISTI) - Madrid, Spain
Duration: 22 Jun 202225 Jun 2022

Publication series

NameIberian Conference on Information Systems and Technologies, CISTI
Volume2022-June
ISSN (Print)2166-0727
ISSN (Electronic)2166-0735

Conference

Conference2022 17th Iberian Conference on Information Systems and Technologies (CISTI)
Period22/06/2225/06/22

Keywords

  • Social Network Analysis
  • Student Academic Performance
  • Centrality measures
  • Selection effect

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