Why Facebook is (and isn't) a pre-service teacher's friend

Taylor, Pauline (2013) Why Facebook is (and isn't) a pre-service teacher's friend. In: Proceedings of the Australian Teacher Education Association Annual Conference. 33. From: ATEA 2013: Australian Teacher Education Association Annual Conference, 30 June - 3 July 2013, Brisbane, QLD, Australia.

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There is increasing interest in the use of social media networking sites such as Facebook in engaging higher education students in learning and the broader university experience. Research indicates that Facebook has over 100 million active users worldwide, over half of whom log on to the site twice per day. The potential reach and opportunities for wide engagement in using social media is clear. However, institutions have approached its use with understandable caution given the very public and interconnected nature of these "risky" virtual spaces. Many universities have specific and explicit reference in their communications and code of conduct policies regarding the use of Facebook for students and staff.

The use of Facebook in teacher education programs could be considered particularly perilous. Hazards inherent in Facebook use in pre-service teacher education programs include issues of professionalism, ethics, identity, privacy and potential litigation. This paper describes and critiques the use of a Facebook group page in a professional experience-embedded pedagogy subject in a Bachelor of Education program. The critique draws upon literature relating to student experience, design thinking and social media use. It argues that, used prudently, Facebook can be an inclusive dialogic learning space and a valuable tool in developing the professional identity and engagement of pre-service teachers.

Item ID: 32660
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
Keywords: teacher education; social media; professional identity; design thinking
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Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2014 23:01
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes @ 50%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930299 Teaching and Instruction not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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