Proceedings of EDULEARN12 Conference. pages:1101-1110
Edulearn12 edition:4 location:Barcelona, Spain date:2nd-4th July 2012
In this study, we contribute to the growing body of research on social network systems by focusing on the attitudes and opinions of pupils on the deployment of Facebook in their school environment. We present the results of a survey that is part of a project to investigate the usability of Facebook for learning purposes. The research is a cooperation between the Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel (HUB) and the Katholieke Hogeschool Limburg (KHLIM) in Belgium. Next to questioning specific use patterns and motives for using Facebook, the study gauges concepts such as subjective norm, the learning potential and the perceived (educational) usefulness of Facebook, as well as the respondent's preference for using Facebook in a classroom setting. The results indicate that pupils use Facebook for a variety of reasons such as contacting existing friends, for entertainment and to be informed in general. Because the respondents generally do not attribute much educational potential to Facebook, they typically do not prefer its use in the classroom for learning purposes. Nevertheless, Facebook is being conceived as suitable to organize informally the execution of school tasks, and to get to know peers better.