Sara Ewell, Kathy Malsbenden
Date of Award
Doctor of Education
Department or Academic Unit
College of Professional Studies, School of Education
education, constructivism, math, motivation, social networking, student engagement
Education | Science and Mathematics Education
As we move into the 21st century, the needs of our students are more variable than ever. There has been a proliferation of social networking usage in society yet there has been little use of those emerging tools in schools as a means to enhance student learning. It is a common practice in school districts to block social networking sites and online collaborative tools (Cramer & Hayes, 2010; National School Boards Association, 2007; Toppo, 2011). This study explored the benefits of employing social networking tools into a math class in a rural high school to determine levels of engagement, motivation, and perceived educational advantages. This qualitative study was investigated through the lenses of student engagement theory, online learning theory and guided social constructivism. Participatory evaluation guided this collaborative research project that allowed participants (the teacher and his students) to be researchers and take ownership of their learning. A two-week unit was taught implementing social networking tools as the main instructional methodology to high school freshmen in an algebra II class. The teacher led his students in focus groups to reflect on their learning experience and inform future implementation of the social networking tools for learning. Following the first unit reflection, a second unit was implemented using the social networking tools again, but utilizing suggested revisions as identified by the teacher and his students. This study has the potential to inform the literature on the acceptance of using social networking tools for instructional use.
Randy J. Wormald
Wormald, Randy J., "A participatory evaluation of the use of social networking tools in a high school math class" (2012). Education Doctoral Theses. Paper 31. http://hdl.handle.net/2047/d20002623
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