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Middle school is a time when peer influence becomes most salient. Most of the focus has been on this as a risk promoting process. This study focuses on how student peer social and academic networks promote learning and inclusion and may reduce ethnic group inequalities in achievement. 

The goal is to test these hypotheses and to work toward a method for teachers to engage students to promote learning among their classmates.

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Patrick Tolan

Patrick H. Tolan

  • Charles S. Robb Professor Emeritus of Education


  • Research Center


Youth-Nex is a trans-disciplinary center with a translational approach to scholarship and innovation that is central to its work. 

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