ERIC Number: EJ1023040
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
Using a Facebook Group As an Educational Tool: Effects on Student Achievement
O'Bannon, Blanche W.; Beard, Jeffrey L.; Britt, Virginia G.
Computers in the Schools, v30 n3 p229-247 2013
This study examined the effectiveness of using a Facebook group to increase pre-service teachers' knowledge of core technology topics. Further, it examined their use of Facebook, their use of a course-related Facebook group, their participation habits in the group, and their perceptions of using Facebook for educational purposes. Results revealed a significant gain in achievement as measured by scores on pre- and posttests. Additionally, Facebook was most frequently used to maintain existing relationships, to share photographs, and to communicate. The Facebook group was used to lurk/read, post comments, "like" comments, and post additional information. The pre-service teachers indicated that the Facebook group was beneficial in improving readiness for course assessments, was convenient, provided a good means of communication, and enhanced learning.
Descriptors: Social Networks, Technology Uses in Education, Academic Achievement, Teaching Methods, Instructional Effectiveness, Preservice Teachers, Technological Literacy, Educational Technology, Achievement Gains, Pretests Posttests, Computer Mediated Communication, Student Teacher Attitudes, Surveys
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Tennessee