Students' network integration as a predictor of persistence in introductory physics courses

  title={Students' network integration as a predictor of persistence in introductory physics courses},
  author={Justyna P. Zwolak and Remy Dou and Eric A. Williams and Eric Brewe},
  journal={arXiv: Physics Education},
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