Facebook© goes to college: using social networking tools to support students undertaking teaching practicum

English, Rebecca M. & Duncan-Howell, Jennifer A. (2008) Facebook© goes to college: using social networking tools to support students undertaking teaching practicum. Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, 4(4), pp. 596-601.


The impact of Web 2.0 and social networking tools on education has been much commented on. Teachers need to consider how to meet the needs of their students utilising Web 2.0 and other social networking tools. However, tertiary institutions are beginning to recognise that the currently enrolled undergraduate student body is also increasingly Web 2.0 proficient. The focus of undergraduate education degrees has primarily been the use of Web 2.0 tools to teach future school students. However, institutions are now realising that these same tools can be used to create pedagogically sound learning environments for pre-service teachers. This paper will explore the use of social networking tools, such as Facebook©, to support students undertaking teaching practicum. It will introduce a project that involved a cohort of business education students currently enrolled in education degrees at Queensland University of Technology. These students were habitual users of Facebook©, and a group page was created to examine their experiences and behaviours during their teaching practicum placements. This paper will suggest how the digital behaviours and habits of students enrolled in this course may be used in developing supportive tools that can be harnessed during practicum periods.

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ID Code: 15706
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The contents of this journal can be freely accessed online via the journal's web page (see hypertext link).
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Keywords: Social Networking, Web 2, 0, pre, service teacher education, online communities, HERN
ISSN: 1558-9528
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Technology and Computing (130306)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Rebecca M. English and Jennifer A. Duncan-Howell
Copyright Statement: This paper is licensed under the Creative Commons "Attribution-Non Commercial-Share Alike" license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/
Deposited On: 24 Nov 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:51

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