Pre-Service Teachers' and Teacher-Educators' Experiences and Attitudes toward Using Social Networking Sites for Collaborative Learning
Educational Media International Volume 51, Number 4, ISSN 0952-3987
Extensive use of social networking sites by students and teachers makes educators and researchers to think whether they can be incorporated in instructional process to facilitate students' learning. This survey-based study records and examines Pakistani pre-service teachers' and teacher-educators' current uses of Facebook, and their attitudes toward using Facebook for collaborative learning, and to see if there is a significant relationship between participants' intensity of Facebook use and their attitude toward instructional use of Facebook. Results of the study indicated that pre-service teachers' and teacher-educators' motives for their current Facebook use are mainly limited for social purposes. Pre-service teachers' use of Facebook is more intensified than the use of Facebook by teacher-educators. Further, pre-service teachers showed more positive attitudes toward using Facebook for collaborative learning than the attitudes of their faculty. Findings also indicated a positive relationship between participants' Facebook intensity and their attitudes toward its use for collaborative learning.
Soomro, K.A., Kale, U. & Zai, S.Y. (2014). Pre-Service Teachers' and Teacher-Educators' Experiences and Attitudes toward Using Social Networking Sites for Collaborative Learning. Educational Media International, 51(4), 278-294.