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The Potential of Social Media for Enhancing the Intercultural Development of Preservice Teachers
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, , , Michigan State University, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Austin, TX, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-27-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

Intercultural experiences do not always result in the development of intercultural sensitivity for preservice teachers. This study focused on how: (a) participation in intercultural experiences and self-reflections, and (b) participation in reflections with social media, were correlated to growth in the intercultural sensitivity of preservice teachers. This study tested the effect of social media use on intercultural sensitivity with a quasi-experimental design, where 188 undergraduate students in a teacher education course were randomly assigned to a control (no social media) or treatment (social media) condition. Participation in intercultural experiences was correlated with significant increases in intercultural sensitivity, but use of social media did not have an effect on overall changes in intercultural sensitivity. However, participants who used social media had significant increases in their aversion of other cultures and protectiveness of their own culture.

Citation

Lei, M., Wong, D. & Appenzeller, K. (2017). The Potential of Social Media for Enhancing the Intercultural Development of Preservice Teachers. In P. Resta & S. Smith (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1695-1700). Austin, TX, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved January 23, 2020 from .

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