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2007 - Midwest Political Science Association Pages: 18 pages || Words: 4675 words || 
1. Towner, Terri. and VanHorn, Abigaile. "Facebook: Classroom Tool for a Classroom Community?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Palmer House Hotel, Chicago, IL, Apr 12, 2007 <Not Available>. 2019-08-17 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: This paper examines student usage and attitudes about an online network popularly known as “The Facebook.” It addresses increasingly important research questions in today’s world of classroom technology. The prevalence and proliferation of internet resources and web-based pedagogical mediums make this research particularly poignant as it addresses the way in which Facebook encourages classroom participation through the development of a virtual learning community. Do students use Facebook as a class-related tool? Can Facebook be employed as an effective pedagogical tool as well? What is the impact of Facebook on classroom behavior as evidenced in the comparison between its users and non-users? Preliminary data in the form of student surveys conducted during the spring semester of 2006 reveal that students use Facebook as a class related tool. Such findings suggest a forthcoming avenue of opportunity for teaching through the development of a learning community. Since its first journal appearances in the mid-nineties, the literature on pedagogical web-related resources has become increasingly popular. This paper serves to further this culturally relevant literature by directing instructors and scholars alike to the possible teaching assets that Facebook and similar resources provide.

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