Riding the wave of social networking in the context of preservice teacher education

Kate Highfield, Marina Papic

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This study examined the use of one online social networking tool, NING™, in teacher education, highlighting preservice teachers’ engagement and perceptions of the tool. Data obtained from 91 preservice teachers suggest that they found the multimodal platform useful as a tool to build pedagogic and content knowledge. Responses to surveys and online forums indicated potential benefits of social networking in higher education with preservice teachers indicating that this tool enabled increased control of their learning. Personalization and capacity to control and contribute multimodal responses were seen as effective in developing a learning community in a diverse cohort of higher education students.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)422-436
Number of pages15
JournalContemporary issues in technology and teacher education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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