Classroom Seats and Friendships (06-27-22)

Faur and Laursen link classroom seat locations and friendships via a study whose findings are consistent with much prior research.  Study participants were in grades 3-5.  The researchers found that “students sitting next to or nearby one another were more likely to . . . be involved in reciprocated friendships than students seated elsewhere in the classroom. Longitudinal analyses indicated that classroom seating proximity was associated with the formation of new friendships. . . . Seat assignments were not random. Most teachers indicated that students had no input in seat selection and all teachers indicated that friendship was not a factor.”

Sharon Faur and Brett Laursen.  2022. “Classroom Seat Proximity Predicts Friendship Formation.”  Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 13, 796002,