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PROGRAM FEATURES

  • Prints out a sociometric survey for classroom distribution.

  • Makes a sociogram, bar chart, and scatter plot, which can be saved and printed.

  • Enables you to easily modify the sociogram's layout using click and drag.

  • Calculates the percentage of students with mutual nominations

  • Copies graphics and data onto the clipboard where it can be pasted into Excel, word processing programs, or almost any statistical program which has a spreadsheet input.

  • Indicates rejected, isolated, popular, and controversial students.

  • Identifies children who are having interpersonal difficulties (e.g., enemies).

  • Measures the social climate of the class.

  • Evaluates and validates the effectiveness of existing school-based programs.

  • Tracks progress of behavioral intervention plans.

  • Has a comprehensive Help file to help users interpret sociometric data.

  • Indicates whether included children in special education are accepted by their non- special education peers.

  • Identifies classroom divisions and cliques.

  • Helps team members understand social implications of behaviors for the purpose of Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA).

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SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Walsh's Classroom Sociometrics works only on PCs (sorry, Mac users), and will work on Vista, XP or earlier versions of Windows.

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TAKE A PRODUCT TOUR

Take a tour of Walsh's Classroom Sociometrics! Click the image below to begin.

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SCREEN SHOTS

Click here to see a sample sociogram produced by Walsh's Classroom Sociometrics.

Click here to see a sample bar graph produced by Walsh's Classroom Sociometrics.

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HOW DOES THE PROGRAM DETERMINE SOCIAL STATUS?

The Coi and Dodge (1983) method was utilized for determining children's social status within the classrooms.  Means and standard deviations for the total number of positive nominations and negative nominations are used to begin determining social status:

Child's score - mean
--------------------------------- = z-score
standard deviation


zLM = the z-score for the 'liked most' question.
zLL = the z-score for the 'liked least' question

SOCIAL PREFERENCE (SP).

SP = zLM - zLL

The main idea behind SP (Social Preference) is that the zLM score will obviously be a positive figure if zLM is greater than zLL, while if the zLM is less than zLL, the result will be a negative number.
 
Scores in the middle, that is close to zero (0) indicate average social preference.

SOCIAL IMPACT (SI).

SI = zLM + zLL

SI is whether or not children are liked or disliked by the group as a whole.  Whether or not they are liked or disliked the group is nevertheless responsive to them.  Therefore, both the zLM as well as the zLL scores are an important consideration.

Given these four computations [1) zLM, 2) zLL, 3) SP and 4) SI] one can then apply Boolean Logic to determine the five specific categories of social status:

a) POPULAR = SP gt +1.00 AND zLM gt 0.0 and zll lt 0.0

b) REJECTED = SP lt -1.0 AND zLM lt 0.0 and zLL gt 0.0

c) NEGLECTED = SI lt -1.0 and zLM and zLL = 0.0

d) CONTROVERSIAL = SI > +1.0 and zLM and zLL gt 0.0

e) AVERAGE STATUS = any child whose scores cannot be fit into social categories a through d above.

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