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Friendship Choice and Performance in Classroom Groups

N. F. Kafer
The Journal of Experimental Education
Vol. 46, No. 4 (Summer, 1978), pp. 35-40
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20151226
Page Count: 6
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Abstract

The influence of the peer group upon the task behavior of pupils was examined using a simulated classroom group task situation. Results were consistent with the hypothesis that the member of a highly cohesive friendship group differs from other pupils in the way he behaves in newly formed task forces. Predicted behaviors were the tendency to perform in a manner consistent with the friendship group's norms and to resist attempts by others to influence his task behavior.

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