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ERIC Number: ED554656
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 204
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-3030-6924-6
Elementary Preservice Teachers' Descriptions of Their Use of Social Media
Eley, Ela Kaye
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Florida
The use of social networks and other forms of social media have grown exponentially in America over the span of a few years. Using social media can help to promote communication, collaboration, and creativity--all skills that are highly valued in the 21st Century. Since today's children and teens are already avid users of social media in their personal lives, it is important for educators to be able to utilize these same technologies in the classroom. The purpose of this qualitative research study is to discover how elementary preservice teachers describe their use of social media. Data about social media habits was collected using a survey, text messages, and personal interviews. A summative content analysis, as well as a Zoom Model Analysis (Pamphilon, 1994), was conducted on the data. Results of the study show that elementary preservice teachers' informal use of social media far outweighs their formal use. Other findings include: the degree to which students multi-task while they are using social media, how often and from how many different locations students access social media, and the priority preservice teachers place on their privacy. In light of the study's findings, a discussion of the implications and suggestions for further research into preservice teachers and their use of social media are also included. The study's primary findings suggest that it is important for the discipline of teacher education to become better informed about different ways preservice teachers use social media. Doing so will enable teacher educators to do an optimal job of preparing preservice students to use 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
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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