Inclusive Education for an Inclusive Europe: Examining Social Interactions, Dynamics and Friendship Networks of Students in Schools
The overarching research aim of this project is to examine the social interactions, dynamics and friendship networks of students in schools. The IE2 project sets out to understand how inclusive education is being implemented across three countries (US, UK, Cyprus) and contribute to the debate on how to create more inclusive European education systems and society by providing rigorous research evidence and recommendations.
The project seeks to achieve three main objectives. First, to develop an innovative and interdisciplinary methodology to understand the social interactions, peer relationships and friendships by combining advanced Social Network Analysis (SNA) and ethnographic methods. Second, to establish an SNA toolkit for schools to enable practitioners understand the social dynamics within their settings. Third, to develop a platform for visualizing large datasets within inclusive and special education in Europe. It is anticipated that the project will generate a significant impact on both the educational and social sciences and the researcher in terms of reaching a higher position of professional maturity. This is a project that is innovative and interdisciplinary as it breaks the boundaries between social sciences and humanities and computational studies, mathematics and statistics.