Professional Faces: Pre-service Secondary Teachersâ€™ Awareness of Issues of Self-disclosure on Social-networking Sites
Author(s)Mikulec, Erin A.
pre-service teachers, secondary education, social networking, teacher education
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AbstractAn important component of teacher education is the emphasis on what it means to be a professional in the field.&nbsp; Teacher educators must help pre-service teachers recognize that what may be acceptable in their lives now may not be when they are looking for their first job or once they are in the classroom.&nbsp; One such issue is the use of social networking websites, such as Facebook, and how the information that teachers post can affect them as professionals.&nbsp; This paper discusses the results of a study of 68 pre-service secondary teachers and their understanding of the impact of self-disclosure on social networking as future educators.&nbsp; The results suggest that while pre-service teachers found many of the issues at hand to be common sense, they developed a deeper understanding of the ramifications of unprofessional self-disclosure on social networking sites after being presented with a number of case studies and examples.