Peer Relations and Student Achievement in Norwegian Secondary Schools
Enjoying free education from primary to tertiary levels, all children in Norway continue their schooling after ten years compulsory school to upper secondary level except a few. Using data from the national survey on secondary school students ‘Young in Norway 2002’, the paper investigates student peer relations in the Norwegian secondary schools and its effects on student achievement. First, the paper describes the pattern of student peer relations found in the data. Second, under a conceptual framework of social capital, the paper investigates the relationship between student peer relations and school achievement using Structural Linear Modelling (LISREL) technique. Finally, statistical results are presented and discussed, and implications of further research are provided at the end.
Keywords: Peer Relations, Upper Secondary School Student, Norway, Academic Achievement, LISREL
Dr. Lihong Huang
Researcher, Youth Research Group, NOVA - Norwegian Social Research