Research by Ken Frank



Ken Frank has a diverse and expansive set of research interests, many of which focus on the methodology and theory underlying social network analysis. The survey provided below is for a study looking at, among other things, the role of social networks among teachers and administrators in implementing technologies in the classroom. More specifically, the goal was to "assess the effects of technology initiatives on the pattern of interaction among the local participants and their beliefs about technology, as well as their current technology practices and the supports and constraints on technology uses by teachers."

Initially, the study took place in eight schools in three states, ranging from elementary to high schools. The study plan first began in 2000, when at least six teachers and the principal were interviewed in each of eight schools. Later in 2000 and 2001 at least six more interviews were conducted in each school, about half being the original respondents. These interviews were used to develop a questionnaire "to assess teachers' use of computers, perception of the potential of computers, and other background information."

After the first round of interviews teachers in the eight schools were administered a survey (n=230). Six of the schools were interviewed again in 2001 (two of the eight schools had dropped out of the study by this time). Overall 143 respondents were analyzed from of the wave two data, the instrument which is provided below.

Several publications have arisen from the data and, though only one is listed here, others are located on his personal webpage, along with a number of other social network-related papers.





REFERENCES   Frank, K. A., Zhao, Y., and Borman (2004). "Social Capital and the Diffusion of Innovations within Organizations: Application to the Implementation of Computer Technology in Schools.” Sociology of Education, 77: 148-171.-- Data: Ego-networks; Measures: Degree-based.    
SURVEYS   Technology Practices Survey (.doc).