Pre-service Teachers’ Use of and Image Conveyed by Social Media
Wednesday, March 28 4:45 PM-5:15 PM Location: Edison A
Presider: Bret Staudt Willet, Michigan State University, United States
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to replicate with pre-service teachers a study conducted with business majors (Peluchette & Karl, 2010) who were surveyed about the personal image they intended to convey on social media, their preference for others, including potential future employers, viewing their social media sites, and the likelihood of posting problematic content on social media. Students who conveyed an intelligent or hardworking image were less likely to object to potential employers viewing their social media than were those who projected a wild or offensive image. This study has implications for coaching students in any number of fields in the professional and ethical use of social media.