Teacher professionalization in the age of social networking sites: Identifying major tensions and dilemmas

Royce Kimmons & George Veletsianos
As teacher education students become professionals, they face a number of tensions related to identity, social participation, and work-life balance, which may be further complicated by social networking sites (SNS). This qualitative study sought to articulate tensions that arose between professionalization influences and teacher education student participants’ SNS participation. Findings suggest that some expectations of professionalization in SNS cut deeply into participants’ self-concept and that tensions arose surrounding unclear expectations of professionalization and fears related...
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