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Examining Teachers’ Personal and Professional Use of Facebook: Recommendations for teacher education programming

, University of New Mexico, United States ; , Arizona State University, United States

Journal of Technology and Teacher Education Volume 20, Number 1, ISSN 1059-7069 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Waynesville, NC USA


Members of the Net Generation are increasingly using social networking sites to interact with individuals both on and off campus. In this study, we employed a quantitative approach with an exploration of descriptive data to examine Facebook site features pre-service educators use and how those features are utilized in personal and professional ways. Quantitative results indicate that interaction on Facebook is reciprocal. That is, the number of posts made to a wall was significantly related to the number of updates made by the profile owner. In addition, over 50% of profiles included pictures depicting heavy alcohol/binge drinking, 17% contained at least one sexually explicit photo, and 10% included pictures and names of K-12 students from practicum/internship assignments. Descriptive data indicated limited use of Facebook in professional ways. However, where professional interactions were noted, profile owners utilized peers for instructional ideas and ongoing classroom support. Recommendations for future research are described.


Steinbrecher, T. & Hart, J. (2012). Examining Teachers’ Personal and Professional Use of Facebook: Recommendations for teacher education programming. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 20(1), 71-88. Waynesville, NC USA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education. Retrieved March 20, 2019 from .


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