Using Social Networking Sites at School: Examining the Role of 9th Graders’ Mastery Orientation, Prior Achievements and their Use of Computers in Student-led Activities

By Ove Edvard Hatlevik and Hans Christian Arnseth.

Published by The Technology Collection

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During the last decade, the use of social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, has proliferated. The aim of this study was to examine the use of social networking in school among Norwegian 9th graders and to identify factors to predict use of social networking sites at school. The sample consisted of 918 students from 51 schools. Results showed that when students use social networking at home, use computers in student-led activities, and use computers at school, their use of social networking at school increased. Students with high prior achievements and a mastery orientation to learning used social networking at school to a lesser extent than those without. To facilitate students’ uses of computers at school, our results suggest that more attention should be given to developing students’ orientations towards the mastery of learning and to providing students with training in how to conduct student-led activities using computers.

Keywords: Social Networking, Mastery Orientation, Student-led Activities, Multilevel Analysis

International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp.73-85. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: February 4, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 523.695KB)).

Dr. Ove Edvard Hatlevik

Researcher, The Norwegian Centre for ICT in Education, Oslo, Oslo, Norway

Ove Edvard Hatlevik is a researcher at The Norwegian Centre for ICT in Education, Norway. He holds a PhD from the University at Oslo, where he studied learning strategies and motivation among commercial airline pilots during their in-house training (simulator and CRM-courses). He has published articles on digital comptence/literacy, learning, self-efficacy, goal orientation and family background. His research examines digital competence and explores factors having an effect on digital competence/literacy at school. For example, by developing and using various forms of assessments (e.g., multiple-choices, written text) to identify and examine digital competencies of students and teachers.

Hans Christian Arnseth

Associate professor, Department of Education, University of Oslo, Oslo, X, Norway


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