The usage of social networking sites for informal learning

A comparative study between Malaysia students of different gender and age group

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Abstract

Nowadays, social networking sites (SNSs) on the Internet are increasingly being utilised as a learning tool for study and school-related issues. In Malaysia, most public schools do not allow students to bring their cell phones to school. Hence, learning activities involving SNSs can only be carried out after school hours. This article will refer to learning that takes place outside the school environment as “informal learning” as these activities are unstructured and are not undertaken in a formal educational setting. Through a questionnaire, the present study investigated the perceptions of 799 secondary-school Malaysian secondary school students towards the using of the SNSs for informal learning purposes. Data was analysed quantitatively and comparisons across gender and age were made. The findings revealed that Malaysian students have generally accepted the SNSs as an alternative learning environment with evidence showing that the difference in usage between gender is significant to a certain extent and less so for age.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76-88
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching
Volume8
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018

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Keywords

  • Age-Groups
  • Gender
  • Informal Learning
  • Secondary Schools
  • Social Networking Sites

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Science Applications

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