Educational and Social Benefits of Social Network Sites: Applications to Human Services Education and Practice

Educational and Social Benefits of Social Network Sites: Applications to Human Services Education and Practice

Christine Greenhow (University of Minnesota, USA) and Beth Robelia (University of Minnesota, USA)
Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 22
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-984-7.ch015
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Abstract

Online social network sites present opportunities for human service educators, practitioners, and clients. Human services education students can collaborate through multimedia networks, sharing ideas and experiences. Human services professionals can leverage online networks to problem solve, socialize and develop common resources, and clients can use such networks to engage in self-reflection and get support from those facing similar challenges. This chapter offers an introduction to online social network sites, summarizing their features, uses, demographics, and trends, and presents emerging research on their social and educational potential. An accompanying case study reveals how young adults might use online social network sites to further personal and educational goals. The chapter concludes with a discussion of how such sites might be employed by human services education students, practitioners and clients.

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