Year of Publication
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Educational Policy Studies and Eval
Dr. Kelly D. Bradley
The purpose of this study is to demonstrate a practical application of social network analysis in the field of education using a large-scale data source. Using the Early Childhood Longitudinal Base Year data, a network is identified by examining the connections that occur between supports, both inside and outside formal special education resources for kindergarteners with access to special education programs.
Social network mappings and quantitative findings are presented for formal and informal supports and primary disability category, along with policy implications and suggestions for further research. Findings indicate that social network analysis offers a unique and innovative perspective to educational research.
Akers, Kathryn Shirley, "CONNECTIONS, PATHS, AND EXPLANATIONS - A SOCIAL NETWORK APPROACH TO INVESTIGATING EXPERIENCES OF EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATION WITH THE ECLS-K" (2011). University of Kentucky Doctoral Dissertations. 165.