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Using Social Network Techniques to Visualize Structured and Unstructured Activities of Latino Youth

Posted By: James Roebuck February 24, 2014 11:01 am
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Involvement in structured and unstructured activities has positive effects on academic achievement for Latino youth. In order for school staff to be effective in crafting intervention strategies, it is important to have a holistic picture of the culture of activities that students are involved in. Social Network Analysis (SNA) offers several methods for visualizing relational data. In this poster, we highlight a strategy to visualize the involvement data of Latino youth. Using GEARUP data on 10th grade Latino youth we construct a two-mode affiliation matrix of youth by activity. We then visualize this data using Gephi, which is an open source data visualization application. Results of the visualization provide a holistic image of the culture of involvement and highlight "communities of practice" among the Latino youth.
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