Association between Preservice Teachers’ Personal Differences and Their Facebook Use: A Comparative Study in Turkey and the USA
Abstract: This paper reports the findings from the quantitative phase of an explanatory sequential mixed-method PhD study conducted in Turkey and the USA in order to investigate the implementability of social networking services for educational purposes. It was aimed to shed light on the nature of relationship between the use of social networking services and pre-service teachers’ personality, motivation to use Facebook, motives to use Facebook, and attitude towards using Facebook. For scaling motives, motivation, personality, Facebook use, and attitude towards using Facebook, five questionnaires which were developed and used in English were translated into Turkish. Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses were conducted for extracting the constructs. Multiple linear, ordinal logistic, and binomial logistic regression analyses were conducted for data analysis. It was found that personality is not a major predictor of Facebook use. However, there have been many differences between the two countries’ pre-service teachers in terms of Facebook use.
Presider: Thomas Argondizza, The Pennsylvania State University