Netherlands, Nijmegen

Peer Relations and Social Interactions in Childhood and Adolescence

when 1 August 2016 - 5 August 2016
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 ECTS
fee EUR 490

Children and adolescents spend a significant amount of time each day in the company of their peers. Together with their peers, children acquire a wide range of skills, attitudes and experiences that influence their cognitive, emotional and social development. Peers are also powerful socialisation agents, contributing well beyond the collective influences of family, school and neighbourhood. In this summer course you will learn about the importance of peer relations and interactions for child and adolescent development.

The following topics will be addressed:

- Main theories and basic methods used in research on peer relations and interactions.
- Friendship and social status.
- Social behaviours (e.g. pro- and antisocial behaviour, bullying and defending)
- Influence from outside and inside the peer group.
- State of the art research measures and paradigms (e.g. implicit measures, observations, computerised sociometry, gaming)

The programme will consist of lectures and a variety of individual and small group assignments, including:

- Working with state of the art research methods and paradigms
- (first steps in) data analyses
- Observations of peer interactions
- Critically reviewing literature
- Ethical considerations
- Brainstorming about new research designs

During the summer course you will have ample opportunity to learn about the history, current state and future directions of peer relations research. Moreover, you will be challenged to actively discuss theoretical, practical and ethical issues regarding peer relations and peer relations research. The course will be taught by a team of highly experienced researchers working at the Social Development group of the Radboud University.

Course leader

Prof. dr. T. Cillessen
Dept. of Social Development
Behavioural Science Institute
Radboud University

Target group

After this course you are able to:
- Understand the main theories and basic methods in peer relations research.
- Understand the importance of friendship, social status and diverse forms of social behaviours for child and adolescent development.
- Use state of the art research measures and paradigms to assess peer relations and interactions.
- Apply recently acquired knowledge into the design of new peer relations research.

Course aim

This course is designed for Master's students or PhD-students in the field of social sciences (psychology, pedagogies and educational sciences), marketing and communication sciences, medicine or related fields. However highly motivated bachelor students or interested Postdocs can also apply for this course.

Fee info

EUR 490: The course fee includes the registration fee, course materials, access to library and IT facilities, coffee/tea, lunch, and a number of social activities.

10% discount for early bird applicants. The early bird deadline is 1 April 2016.
15% discount for students and PhD candidates from Radboud University and partner universities.
EUR 195: Housing (optional)