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Discussion: Modeling and maximizing peer effects in school

IAG Wilkinson, JM Parr, IYY Fung, JAC Hattie, MAR Townsend

International Journal of Educational Research | Published : 2002


This chapter discusses issues that are common across the literatures and makes connections across the different levels of inquiry to develop a conceptual model of peer influences on learning. Based on the premise that compositional effects operate through a nested series of hierarchical layers, the chapter proposes a multi-layered model with effects propagating from school-level influences to class-level influences to group-level influences to ambient and configured environments for learning among peers. It is proposed that many of the effects are indirect. Hence, peer effects 'look' smaller the further we move away from the instructional coalface because they are mediated by intervening lay..

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