Facebook, social integration and informal learning at university: 'it is more for socialising and talking to friends about work than for actually doing work'


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Whilst recent studies suggest that over 95% of British undergraduate students are regularly using social networking sites, we still know very little about how this phenomenon impacts on the student experience and, in particular, how it influences students' social integration into university life. This paper explores how pre-registration engagement with a university Facebook network influences students' post-registration social networks. Research was conducted with first year undergraduates at a British university using an online survey. Students reported that they specifically joined...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Providers of education and training; Higher education; Research; Technology; Teaching and learning; Participation

Keywords: University; Survey; Internet; Learning process; Informal education; Online learning; Social participation; Education and training opportunity; Social media

Geographic subjects: Europe; Great Britain

Published: London, England: Routledge, Taylor & Francis, 2009

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Journal volume: 34

Journal number: 2

Journal date: June 2009

Pages: pp. 141-155

ISSN: 1743-9884, 1743-9892 (online)

Statement of responsibility: Clare Madge ... [et al.]

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Document number: TD/TNC 99.296

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