Academic Achievement And Engagement Of Friends And Network Members

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Discussion
This longitudinal study assessed the extent to which academic achievement and engagement were predicted from the academic achievement and engagement of friends and network members.
Concurrent Relations As expected, adolescent’s academic achievement was highly correlated with that of their friends and network members. This is consistent with findings from U.S. studies. Ryan (2001) found that students’ academic levels were similar to group’s academic levels with the correlations ranging from .36 to .58. Also, in another study, Ryan et al. (2013) found that students’ GPA associated with friends’ GPA across the first year in the middle school. In a recent study conducted by Shin and Ryan (2014), students’ academic achievement was similar to their friend’s academic achievement and they tend to become more similar over time. Our expectation of significant correlation between Chinese adolescents’ academic achievement and their peer’s academic achievement was largely supported by the result. As mentioned before, parents and teachers generally place great values on students’ academic life and they influence students’ group activities and arrange group membership according to students’ academic status. Teachers try to arrange academic groups for students to work on homework and projects together and select students for these groups who achieve at a similar level. As for parents, they tend to socialize their children to be friends or group members with higher…

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