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ERIC Number: EJ1086738
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1743-9884
Technology, Time and Transition in Higher Education--Two Different Realities of Everyday "Facebook" Use in the First Year of University in the UK
Stirling, Eve
Learning, Media and Technology, v41 n1 p100-118 2016
Within the range of websites and apps that are part of first-year undergraduates' digital environments, the social network site "Facebook" is perhaps the most popular and prominent. As such, the ubiquitous nature of "Facebook" in the higher education landscape has drawn much attention from scholars. Drawing on data from a longitudinal connective ethnography, this paper uses two ethnographic stories to explore further the realities of social media usage by newly enrolled undergraduate students in a UK university. These ethnographic stories tell two differing tales--one of connection, intent, use and organisation--the other, of disconnection, disengagement and unrealised expectations. "Facebook" structures students' time at university both through connection and disconnection practices and examples of these are presented under two headings "I'm always on it" and "Being academic". First-year student experiences of Higher Education and social media use are not uniform, but nuanced and responsive to their specific ecosocial systems.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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