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Social media use in community building for collaboration: How do university teacher educators and pre-service teachers measure up?

Author(s) Spinthourakis, J-A., Korhonen, R., Acar, E. & Papadimitriou, I.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2012  
Editor P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell (eds.) Creating Communities: Local, National and Global  
Age group -  
This paper investigates the social media use of university teacher educators and pre-service teachers with respect to community building in times of diversity and changing information societies. It looks at the questions: a) To what extent do teacher pre-service education programs utilise social media with their students and for what purposes; b) To what extent do pre-service teachers utilise social media both privately and with respect to their studies; and c) To what extent do these efforts lend themselves to collaboration and community building? Fifty pre-service teacher education students at three universities in three European countries participating in the study were surveyed. Keywords: social media, diversity, community building, teacher education, pre-service

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