Promote Social Behavior/Support Diversity

Classroom Seats (08-25-21)

Rohrer, Keller, and Elwert found that where students sit influences relationships formed with classmates.  They report that they “randomized the seating charts of 182 3rd through 8th grade classrooms (N = 2,966 students) for the duration of one semester. We found that being seated next to each other increased the probability of a mutual friendship from 15% to 22% on average. Furthermore, induced proximity increased the latent propensity toward friendship equally for all students, regardless of students' . . . similarity with respect to educational achievement, gender, and ethnicity.

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