Our paper on teens’ use of Facebook for academic collaboration has been accepted in Computers & Education. I have been working with my colleagues Dr. Nicole Ellison and Dr. Yvette Wohn in a project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to look at college aspirations of socially and economically disadvantaged high school students. A previous co-authored paper examined how social media impacts first-generation college students’ college application efficacy and success in college.
The research highlights are as follows:
- Using a sample of 690 students, we examined high school students’ use of Facebook for academic collaboration.
- Facebook-enabled class collaboration is associated with higher grades.
- Information-seeking Internet skills predict Facebook class-related collaboration.
- “Actual” Facebook friends predict Facebook class-related collaboration.
- Facebook friends’ instrumental support predicts collaboration on Facebook.
The paper is titled: Actual Friends Matter: An Internet skills perspective on teens’ informal academic collaboration on Facebook.