From Social Communication to Mathematical Discourse in Social Networking: The Case of Facebook

From Social Communication to Mathematical Discourse in Social Networking: The Case of Facebook

Nimer Baya’a (Al-Qasemi Academic College of Education and the Ministry of Education, Israel) and Wajeeh Daher (Al-Qasemi Academic College of Education, Israel and An-Najah National University, Palestine)
Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 10
DOI: 10.4018/ijcee.2012010106


Though some studies describe attempts to integrate Facebook in education, little is known how to use it in mathematics education. This article describes an attempt to populate Facebook with mathematicians from the past, as well as strategies to involve friends with the mathematics of the mathematicians. The experiment shows that Facebook can attract friends to content knowledge, beginning with social talk, and transiting gradually and smoothly to mathematics content knowledge through cultural discourse. The experiment implies that Facebook, representing social networks not intended from the beginning for education, can be adopted successfully for mathematics education.
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Web 2.0 tools are being suggested for some years now for social life, communication, and work in various disciplines, especially in education (Alexander, 2006; Glogoff, 2005; Pempek, Yevdokiya, & Calvert, 2009). Some of these tools are the wiki, the blog, Facebook, Twitter, Second Life, Wiggio, etc. Among those who suggest these tools for education are researchers in various international conferences. For example, Ġorġ Mallia, Henk Eijkman, Asher Rospigliosi at the International Conference on Information Communication Technologies in Education 2010 suggested these tools for instruction, learning and student engagement. Being attendants at the conference, we were part of the discussions moderated by Ġorġ Mallia and Henk Eijkman in two workshops about the possibilities that Web 2.0 social networks and tools, especially Facebook, can afford to education. There our idea to use Facebook in mathematics education began.

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