Virtual communities as tools to support teaching practicum

English, Rebecca Maree & Howell, Jennifer (2011) Virtual communities as tools to support teaching practicum. In Handbook of Research on Methods and Techniques for Studying Virtual Communities : Paradigms and Phenomena. Information Science Reference, Hershey: PA, pp. 233-247.

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The impact of Web 2.0 and social networking tools such as virtual communities, on education has been much commented on. The challenge for teachers is to embrace these new social networking tools and apply them to new educational contexts. The increasingly digitally-abled student cohorts and the need for educational applications of Web 2.0 are challenges that overwhelm many educators. This chapter will make three important contributions. Firstly it will explore the characteristics and behaviours of digitally-abled students enrolled in higher education. An innovation of this chapter will be the appli- cation of Bourdieu’s notions of capital, particularly social, cultural and digital capital to understand these characteristics. Secondly, it will present a possible use of a commonly used virtual community, Facebook©. Finally it will offer some advice for educators who are interested in using popular social networking communities, similar to Facebook©, in their teaching and learning.

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ID Code: 40033
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Electronic villages (computer networks) - social aspects, Online social networks, Internet - social aspects, HERN
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-040-2.ch013
ISBN: 978-1-60960-040-2
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 IGI Global
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Deposited On: 13 Feb 2011 22:28
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2015 16:07

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