A1 Journal article (refereed)
Peer selection and influence : Students’ interest-driven socio-digital participation and friendship networks (2020)

Li, S., Kiuru, N., Palonen, T., Salmela-Aro, K., & Hakkarainen, K. (2020). Peer selection and influence : Students’ interest-driven socio-digital participation and friendship networks. Frontline Learning Research, 8(4), 1-17. https://doi.org/10.14786/flr.v8i4.457

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All authors or editors: Li, Shupin; Kiuru, Noona; Palonen, Tuire; Salmela-Aro, Katariina; Hakkarainen, Kai

Journal or series: Frontline Learning Research

eISSN: 2295-3159

Publication year: 2020

Volume: 8

Issue number: 4

Pages range: 1-17

Publisher: European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction

Publication country: Belgium

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.14786/flr.v8i4.457

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Open Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/70409


Digital technologies have been increasingly embedded in students’ everyday lives. Interest-driven socio-digital participation (ISDP) involves students’ pursuit of interests mediated by computers, social media, the internet, and mobile devices’ integrated systems.ISDPis likely to intertwine closely with young people’s social networks that has been scarcely studied quantitatively. To close this gap, the present paper investigated students’ peer selection and influence effects of the intensity of their ISDP and friendship networks. We collected two-wave data by administering a peer nomination to trace students’ friendship networks with peers and a self-reported questionnaire to examine students’ ISDP. Participants were 100 students in Finland (female: 53%; mean age = 13.48, in grade 7 in the first wave). Through stochastic actor-oriented modelling, the results showed that the students’ friendship ties with peers influenced the intensity of their ISDP practices to become more similar. Yet, students did not select peers as friends based on similar intensity levels of ISDP. Utilizing influence effect found in students’ ISDP and their peer networks, we suggest that connected learning (Ito et al., 2013) should be promoted to integrate students’ informal and formal learning in order to bridge the gap between students’ informal interest-related digital practices and formal educational practices.

Keywords: peer groups; friendship; friends; social networks; information and communications technology; young people

Free keywords: interest-driven socio-digital participation; peer friendship; peer selection and influence; social network analysis

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Reporting Year: 2020

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