EDUCATIONAL POTENTIAL OF ONLINE SOCIAL NETWORKS: GENDER AND CROSS-COUNTRY ANALYSIS Cover Image

EDUCATIONAL POTENTIAL OF ONLINE SOCIAL NETWORKS: GENDER AND CROSS-COUNTRY ANALYSIS
EDUCATIONAL POTENTIAL OF ONLINE SOCIAL NETWORKS: GENDER AND CROSS-COUNTRY ANALYSIS

Author(s): Gabriel Gorghiu, Dragos Daniel IORDACHE, Costin PRIBEANU, Vincentas Lamanauskas
Subject(s): Gender Studies, Education, Higher Education
Published by: Scientia Socialis, UAB
Keywords: cross-country differences; educational opportunities; gender differences; invariance analysis; online social networks;

Summary/Abstract: The social media technologies are blurring the boundaries between formal and informal/non-formal learning and provide new educational opportunities. Recent work shows that online social networks provide various kinds of educational support, such as social learning, informal/non-formal education, information, interaction, and collaboration. The aim of this research was to analyze the gender and cross-country differences in the perception of the educational opportunities provided by Facebook. The educational opportunities have been specified as a global factor that manifests along four dimensions: information, collaboration, personal development, and professional development. The model has been tested on two samples of university students, one from Romania and the other from Lithuania. An analysis of invariance has been carried on that shows that the educational opportunities model is invariant across groups. The results showed that female students have a higher perception of the educational opportunities provided by Facebook.

  • Issue Year: 76/2018
  • Issue No: 5
  • Page Range: 620-632
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: English