Health Fitness Learning and Knowledge Construction in Social Networking Context: A Case of Facebook Social Media Intervention
Nei Ching Yeh
|Keywords:||健康體適能;質詢社群模組;學習介入;社交網聯;知識建構;Health Fitness;community of inquiry;learning intervention;social networking;knowledge construction|
National Chiao Tung University. Taiwan Academy for Information Society.
Due to a concern about the health fitness education for college students, the study explores the educational utility of Facebook as a health communication platform. In line with the Community of Inquiry model in higher education, the core premise of utilizing Facebook for communication and education purpose lies in the online learning presence it supports. With its built-in social utility applications, Facebook can present an online environment that integrates social, teaching, and cognitive presence for learning inquiry. A Facebook learning intervention was designed on the basis of higher education and online communication theories. A Facebook page was built to provide health fitness-related information, and to promote community connection, interaction, and social discourse. The study then focuses its investigation on student participants' learning experiences and knowledge construction processes on the intervention Facebook page. The study adopts the experience sampling method, and uses journal reporting as data collection tools. Participants' experiences and processing of the intervention page have been subject to both qualitative and quantitative analyses. The findings suggest that Facebook utilized as a platform for communication and education purpose may have its own merits. Specifically, with its social networking contextual features, Facebook may foster reflexivity and facilitate metacognition in cognitive learning, and motivate health fitness-related behaviors and collaboration. The learning experiences generated on the intervention Facebook page, both cognitive and behavioral, are critical in the construction of health fitness knowledge.
Journal of Cyber Culture and Information Society
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