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Will you be my friend? Prospective teachers’ use of Facebook and implications for teacher education
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Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in San Antonio, Texas, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-61-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

The popularity of Facebook on our campus and on campuses across the country coupled with our colleagues' passionate reaction to prospective teachers' use of it led us to design this study. Specifically, we sought to understand our prospective teachers' use of Facebook and the implications of these findings for teacher education programs. We used a mixed-methods approach to study the Facebook profiles of 240 prospective teachers. Tentative results suggest prospective teachers have much to learn in terms of how social networking communities influence social capital, identity, social networks, privacy and informal learning. Thus, it is imperative that teacher education programs take a lead in developing research-based strategies for understanding these contexts and for making more effective use of them in our preparation of teachers. In addition, it is important for researchers to discuss a common metric from which such data can be analyzed and discussed among our research community.

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Coutts, J., Dawson, K., Boyer, J. & Ferdig, R. (2007). Will you be my friend? Prospective teachers’ use of Facebook and implications for teacher education. In R. Carlsen, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2007--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1937-1941). San Antonio, Texas, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved June 25, 2019 from .

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