TEACHERS’ ENGAGEMENT IN SOCIAL SUPPORT PROCESS ON A NETWORKING SITE

Ab Rashid, Radzuwan and A Rahman, Mohd Fazry and Abdul Rahman, Shireena Basree (2016) TEACHERS’ ENGAGEMENT IN SOCIAL SUPPORT PROCESS ON A NETWORKING SITE. Journal of Nusantara Studies, 1 (1). pp. 34-45. ISSN 0127-9319

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Abstract

This paper is part of a larger study investigating teachers’ engagement in social support process on a networking site. It concentrates on the social and discursive practices of 20 Malaysian English language teachers as they co-construct social support on Facebook Timelines. The main data generated from participant observations were analysed using discourse analysis approach. The findings revealed that the teachers mainly post about negative experiences at school, such as facing colleagues and students whom they perceived as problematic and time pressure. By posting their negative experiences, teachers can be seen to initiate the co-construction of both emotional and informational support with Friends they believe are like-minded and supportive. This paper thus argues that teachers' postings on social networking sites are more than just an account of mundane teaching-related experiences, but serve as a mechanism for them to obtain social support to help them reflect on their practice and cope with the emotional turmoil arising from day-to-day challenges at school.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Social support, Malaysian English language teacher, Facebook Timeline, co-construction, discursive identity.
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Faculty / Institute: Faculty of Languages & Communication
Depositing User: DR RADZUWAN AB RASHID
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2016 04:07
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2016 04:07
URI: http://erep.unisza.edu.my/id/eprint/5056

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