Secondary school peer-to-peer knowledge sharing through social network technologies

Christa S.C. Asterhan, Edith Bouton

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Abstract

The promise of social network technology for learning purposes has been heavily debated, with proponents highlighting its transformative qualities and opponents its distracting potential. However, very little is known about the actual, everyday use of ubiquitous social network technologies for learning and study purposes in secondary schools. In the present work, we present findings from two survey studies on representative samples of Israeli, Hebrew-speaking teenagers (N = 206 and N = 515) which explored the scope, characteristics and reasons behind such activities. Findings show that such practices can be described best as online knowledge sharing, that is: The up-and downloading of knowledge and knowledge sources to social network peer groups. This teenage, school-related knowledge sharing is common and widespread, entails different types of knowledge, and is mainly motivated by prosocial motives, as well as expectations for future reciprocation. Sharing is predicted by individual differences, such as gender, collectivist values, mastery goal orientations and academic self-efficacy. Relations between competitive-individualist values and sharing are more complex, and are, among others, moderated by expectations for future benefits. Implications for educational practices and for collaborative learning theories are discussed.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationMaking a Difference
Subtitle of host publicationPrioritizing Equity and Access in CSCL - 12th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, CSCL 2017 - Conference Proceedings
EditorsBrian K. Smith, Marcela Borge, Emma Mercier, Kyu Yon Lim
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Pages49-56
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780990355007
StatePublished - 2017
Event12th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning - Making a Difference: Prioritizing Equity and Access in CSCL, CSCL 2017 - Philadelphia, United States
Duration: 18 Jun 201722 Jun 2017

Publication series

NameComputer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference, CSCL
Volume1
ISSN (Print)1573-4552

Conference

Conference12th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning - Making a Difference: Prioritizing Equity and Access in CSCL, CSCL 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPhiladelphia
Period18/06/1722/06/17

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