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ERIC Number: ED550275
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 171
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-2677-7107-0
When the Last Bell Rings: A Transcendental Phenomenological Study of Teachers Who Use Social Media
Rogers, Laurie Stone
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Stephen F. Austin State University
Teachers are being called upon more than ever to play a large role in student learning. With every aspect of school reform depending in part to teachers who are well adjusted, prepared and informed in current teaching knowledge and skills, it is vital for teachers to have at hand the necessary tools. One issue, which can limit a teacher's teaching practice, is that of metaphysical isolation; lack of opportunity while at school to network and meet with other colleagues for meaningful collaboration and interpersonal relationships. The phenomenon of social media, however, may be addressing part or all of this isolation issue. Drawing from components of social networking theory and interpersonal development, this transcendental phenomenological inquiry design discovered teachers are using social media in their personal lives more so than in their professional lives. Furthermore, a rich, textural description of their social media use surfaced, resulting in a more complete and descriptive understanding of how teachers experience social media. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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